The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting the global population in drastic ways. However, in most countries, the older population is suffering the most from this viral menace. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older people are at least twice as likely to have a serious case of Covid-19. As a result, seniors seem to be the most vulnerable in this ongoing pandemic.
None of this is a surprise of course. As you age, you are at a higher risk of underlying health conditions added to the physical stress your body is already experiencing. The immune system simply cannot fight viruses and bacteria.
COVID-19: Is it a serious health to Senior Men?
An early study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the death rate among men in China stands at 2.8% compared to 1.7% among women. In New York City, for example, the rate of risk of dying from Covid-19 is 1.77 times greater in men.
And although it is too soon to know why this is the case, experts already concluded that a mix of age differences and gender could be affecting how well an individual responds to an infection with the virus. Going by these statistics and reports, in terms of senior health, men have the highest risk of suffering complications or even death when faced with the novel virus.
How Can Seniors Reduce the Risk?
Many reports have already established that senior health is the most vulnerable during these hard times. The best thing seniors can do is take action. Covid-19 typically has three major symptoms: a consistent dry cough, shortness of breath, and a fever. However, what is worrying is that older adults may never show any of these characteristics.
According to Dr. Camille Vaughan, section chief of gerontology and geriatrics at the University of Emory, seniors may seem off in the early stages of infection. Underlying chronic illnesses normally associated with senior health can mask or interfere with signs of infection.
As a result, the older population needs to be extra careful by following these tips :
- Limit the interactions with other people as much as possible
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- Stay physically active
- And monitor your health daily
If you start feeling sick and suspect it might be COVID-19, get in touch with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
How Can You Prevent the Spread When Visiting
Supporting the senior folks during the pandemic is everyone’s business. As a person with a loved one living in a senior home, you might be thinking of checking up on your parent or relative. However, it is important to you and them that you do not carry the virus to the senior home.
Senior Living Facilities are full of vulnerable seniors who might be facing many underlying conditions. A single visit to your loved one when carrying the virus might put their lives in danger as well as the lives of all the other seniors living together with them.
But the good news is that you can ensure their safety by following these steps when you visit.
- Delay or cancel a visit if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been exposed to someone with the virus.
- Spend time outdoors when possible. If this is not possible ensure the room is well ventilated.
- Consider activities where social distancing is possible.
- Wear a mask at all times when in the senior living home.
- Ensure you wash your hands before and after leaving the senior living facility.
And although these precautions are recommended for anyone visiting senior homes, they are especially important in areas where there are already confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Make sure to take any extra measures to keep yourself and your senior loved ones safe during this ongoing pandemic.