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Wellness: How To Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

Data from countries with a high infection rate of the coronavirus (COVID-19) suggest that older people and people with chronic health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the disease. This is an indication for members of the public to pay more attention to their elderly loved ones by taking the necessary steps to reduce their risk of contracting the disease. 

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Here are the preventive measures you should adhere to, especially if you’re in contact with someone who has a weakened immune system or someone who is elderly. 

It starts with you

In order to keep your loved ones from the virus, you have to take the necessary measures to protect yourself first. These include 

  • Washing your hands with soap and running water when you arrive at work or upon getting home.
  • Using alcohol based hand sanitiser gel when you don’t have access to water and soap.
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, not your hands.
  • Disposing of the tissue and washing your hands.
  • Self-isolating as much as possible, especially if you’re sick. 
  • Avoiding touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially if your hands are not clean.

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Going out to do regular shopping may be difficult for some vulnerable people on a regular day. This coupled with the added concern of the coronavirus may be a source of worry for them, especially if they are running out of supplies. 

While you shouldn’t panic and purchase all the goods until there is nothing left in the stores and markets, try to keep your loved ones stocked up on their basic necessities such as meals, cupboard items, and toiletries. 

Encourage a healthy lifestyle

Physical activity and eating a healthy diet are extremely important to build a strong immune system. You should encourage your vulnerable loved ones to engage in exercise, eat a balanced diet, and take dietary supplements if they are deficient in any. The exercise can involve walking up and down the stairs more frequently or some routine based exercise such as gentle stretching or light aerobics. Studies show that exercise leads to a higher number of white blood cells responsible for fighting infections. 

Stay informed 

The situation with the coronavirus is characterised by rapid change. That is why it is important to find and regularly look up a trusted information source such as the WHO’s dedicated website or the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

The Covid-19 has been shown to spread more easily among members of the same household. Nevertheless, as more information emerges, there is a lot you can do to minimise the impact of the virus and protect yourself and your loved ones. 

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