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How to protect your loved ones over 60-year-old

29th March 2020 by The Pacific Development Foundation

Coronavirus is all over the news for the past few weeks. It started in Wuhan, China; the virus has now spread to about 191 countries and killing more than 8000 people. Researchers say that the viral is just like flu, but it is very dangerous for people who are old, ill, or have breathing issues or other lung problems. The immune system becomes weak with age, which is why older adults are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. 

As the virus spread through droplets, the World Health Organization has provided several guidelines for people to keep themselves safe. No vaccine could deal with the virus, which is why many countries are now at lockdown to slow down the spread of the disease. Older adults need more protection than young ones, and here’s how you can do it.  

Prevention for Old People 

Coronavirus fills the lungs with mucus that causes trouble in breathing, often leading to deaths. Due to a weak immune system, the older adults are not likely to fight the virus as the young ones, which is why these preventive measures should be put in place for them. 

  • Cancel all the appointments with your doctor if they are not essential or necessary.
  • Stock up your medicines, meals and other essentials that you will need to survive
  • Stay indoors as much as possible, and do not go outside until essential. 
  • Use N95 masks every time you are out for something and never touch anything. 
  • Keep washing your hands with alcohol-based soap to kill the bacteria in your hands. 
  • Avoid drinking cold water, but consume a lot of fluids to keep your body hydrated. 
  • Increase your intake of Vitamin C, but if you have severe medical issues, then consult your doctor first. 
  • Avoid going to poorly ventilated buildings or public places where the risk of transmission is more. 
  • Isolate yourself from others, especially avoid going near people with the virus. 

Until a proper medicine or vaccine is invented for the virus, older adults need to stay at home. It is also recommended for young adults to limit going out in public places. One should be more careful if they have an older adult in their house as the disease efficiently transmits from one person to another. You might get cured, but the older adults might not be able to recover from the virus. Keep yourself healthy, and stay indoors!

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