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

Understand the Spread of COVID-19

By avoiding public places as much as possible and limiting the number of people you come in contact with, you can effectively reduce your risk of falling ill with COVID-19. Expert resources conclude that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus, has two main modes of transmission. Firstly, people can contract the virus through direct contact with a contaminated object or surface, or indirectly, when an individual inhales droplets released by an infected person when speaking, coughing, or sneezing. In some cases, the respiratory droplets are large, allowing them to fall to the ground quickly. In contrast, smaller “aerosols” may linger in the air for lengthier periods. Evidence also suggests that most COVID-19 outbreaks occur indoors, especially in crowded or poorly ventilated environments with minimal airflow.

Stay Home & Stay Safe

The CDC warns that the longer and closer your interactions are with strangers, the greater your chance of infection. “We can only monitor our whereabouts and that of our family members,” says Frank, “we can’t assume that others are taking the same level of preventative measures to stay protected during this time.” Fortunately, most grocery chains, pharmacies, and big-box stores that sell essential goods have made online shopping available with the option of curbside pickup. Curbside pickup and home delivery are perfect for seniors to limit their exposure to high-risk, public settings. Additionally, Frank and his wife Kristina’s home health agency, HomeAssist, offers Health Aide services, including grocery shopping and running errands, giving seniors little reason to leave their homes. For elderly individuals that lack professional support, family members and friends can drop packages off at their doorstep. “There’s no question, our homes are the safest place to be during these uncertain times,” exclaims Frank.

Follow Public Health Guidelines

While many experts recommend that seniors stock up on groceries and medication, at some point, they will need to replenish their essential items. For some older adults, whose family members are unavailable or live far away, this means they must go out in public. In which case, Frank recommends that elderly individuals strictly follow the guidelines developed by the CDC, the world’s top source for accurate and up-to-date Coronavirus information. Most importantly, these experts suggest wearing masks and face shields in public settings in addition to abiding by social-distancing guidelines. Social distancing requires that individuals remain six feet apart at all times, or about two arms’ lengths, regardless of being indoor or outdoor. “Many stores are now offering seniors-only shopping hours, usually one or two hours before the store opens to the general public,” says Frank. To be safer, older adults should take advantage of these exclusive shopping times when they venture out.

Limit Your Quarantine Bubble

With restrictions lifting in some areas because of Christmas, you might feel tempted to invite friends and family over for the holidays. If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly individual, you might want to reconsider whom you allow into your ‘quarantine bubble.’ The concept of a quarantine bubble dictates that people living in different homes can still spend time together as long as they stick to mingling with only one or two other households. Basically, no one inside the bubble has close contact with outsiders, except when visiting public spaces to complete essential errands.

Reduce In-Person Doctor Visits

Over the past several months, people have canceled or postponed important doctor’s appointments fearing they may expose themselves to COVID-19. Instead of abandoning those engagements, individuals should contact their physician’s office to understand what types of preventative measures are being implemented and ensure their safety. Elderly individuals or their caregivers should ask questions aimed at face mask regulations, cleaning protocols, social distancing practices — to name a few. “During an outbreak like COVID-19, when it’s safer to remain at home, your doctor can advise whether or not your symptoms warrant an in-person visit,” says Frank.

The Bottom Line

We all have someone in our life that we want to protect from COVID-19. By following Frank De-Levi’s expert advice and the guidelines suggested by the CDC, it’s possible to reduce their risk of becoming ill. If your elderly relative experiences various symptoms associated with COVID-19, contact their physician immediately and follow their direction.

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Frank De-Levi

Frank De-Levi

Co-Founder of HomeAssist Home Health Services | Pacifica, CA | www. frankdelevi.com