Frank De-Levi Explains How to Protect Your Most Vulnerable Loved Ones From COVID-19

As communities re-open amid the Coronavirus pandemic, seniors and their caregivers are hesitant to return to public settings and expand their quarantine bubble. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk for serious illness due to COVID-19 increases with age. Consequently, individuals aged 85 and older are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying from the virus. For instance, recent statistics show that adults over 65 make up eight out of ten reported COVID-19 deaths in the United States. “The immune system weakens with age. Since it’s hard for older adults to fend off infections, they are more likely to experience harsher symptoms,” explains Frank De-Levi of HomeAssist Home Health Services. Because older adults produce fewer immune cells, it takes a lot longer for seniors to recover from injuries and illness. Moreover, the elderly typically have a host of health problems, such as type II diabetes or heart conditions, which only increases their risk of becoming severely ill should they contract COVID-19. Today, Frank De-Levi shares expert advice to help keep you and your vulnerable loved ones safe during the pandemic.

Understand the Spread of COVID-19

Stay Home & Stay Safe

Follow Public Health Guidelines

At the same time, individuals should avoid contact with high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons and doorknobs. If one must come in contact with a frequently touched surface — like a handrail to keep their balance — the CDC suggests having a tissue handy and sanitizing immediately after. Customers can find hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit of most shopping facilities. Hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol and be applied all over one’s hands until absorbed into their skin. Of course, sanitizer is not as effective as traditional soap and water. When seniors return home, they should wash their hands properly to eliminate germs and bacteria.

Limit Your Quarantine Bubble

“These exclusive groups can flatten the curve while reducing feelings of seclusion,” says Frank. Unfortunately, the consequences of the pandemic extend beyond physical illness. For instance, roughly 13.6% of Americans reported feelings of psychological distress in April, compared to 3.9% in 2018. Sources note that prolonged social isolation and loneliness can lead to negative outcomes, including depression and anxiety, a weaker immune system, coronary heart disease, and premature death. Ultimately, seniors and their caregivers should limit their bubble to a few individuals they can trust to mitigate mental and physical health risks associated with COVID-19.

Reduce In-Person Doctor Visits

While it’s been around for many years, Telehealth has only recently gained widespread adoption. Telehealth involves using telecommunications technologies, like videoconferencing and wireless communications, to support long-distance acute, chronic, primary, and specialty care. While some seniors are not considered technologically savvy, assistance from a loved one can allow vulnerable adults to receive care from the comfort of their own home. “Telehealth is beneficial for everyone. It can expand access to healthcare, limit exposure to COVID-19, preserve much-needed PPE supplies, and reduce the strain on hospitals and clinics.”

The Bottom Line

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