Seniors are in a difficult spot. They are at higher risk because of their age and also because many have underlying conditions such as hypertension or heart disease. Not only are they more likely to contract coronavirus, but they are also more likely to have severe symptoms.
You can better protect yourself by following the CDC recommendations for high-risk individuals:
- Obtain a three-month supply of your daily medications. You may need to call your doctor or pharmacist to get a prescription for an extended supply of doses.
- Stock up on over-the-counter medications to treat fever (aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen). Don’t forget supplies such as thermometers, facial tissues, and hand sanitizer. If you have underlying conditions, additional supplies such as a blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter may be useful for telemedicine monitoring.
- Fill your pantry with household staples and groceries to last several weeks.
- Build a network of family, friends, and community support services who can deliver meals, medications, and supplies if your stock runs low.
- Recording your temperature every day is a good way to stay on top of potential problems; fever is one of the first signs of the disease. If you start to feel ill, you’ll have a temperature log to share with your healthcare provider to help her make an accurate diagnosis.
Isolation isn’t fun; it can be lonely and boring to be cooped up at home. But resist the urge to ask your children and grandchildren to visit, even if no one is showing signs of illness. With a 14-day incubation period, people can spread the virus before they show symptoms. Take advantage of technology like FaceTime to stay in touch with loved ones.
If you’re in good health, don’t feel like you’re stuck indoors. If the weather is nice, take a walk around the neighborhood—maintaining a safe distance from others, of course. Sit in the sun and listen to music or read a good book. A little fresh air works wonders when you’re self-quarantined.
This piece is part of a longer article courtesy of Danielle Roberts of boomerbenefits.com. For the entire post, please click on this link.