As the numbers climb for those infected with the novel coronavirus, the dangers rise for vulnerable populations. People who are older or with underlying medical conditions risk the severest consequences, including organ failure and death.
For those most at risk for severe infection: do everything you can to reduce exposure to the virus. Keep space between you and anyone who is sick. Avoid crowds. Limit your time in public by consolidating trips to get supplies. When out, try to keep a distance from others. Wash your hands often. And if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community, stay home as much as possible. Social distancing is the new phrase that describes most of this, and it goes against what we typically advocate for older patients.
- Learn the new technology – FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and lots more. All sorts of online options exist to talk with family and friends. You don’t have to be tech-savvy. Doing basics is easy, and for most people, fun. If setting up an account is daunting, ask a neighbor, niece or nephew for help and a quick tutorial.
- Stay active in the community from home – Many organizations- political parties, faith-based groups, nonprofits- rely on volunteers to make phone calls. You can do that clearly co community-based activity right at home.
- Go on a news diet – Stay informed, know what’s going on but don’t get locked into endlessly watching “breaking news”
- Reach out to family and friends – Stay in touch with the people close to you, especially those who are social distancing too.
Article provided by: World Economic Forum