COVID-19 Risk among Older Adults

In India, according to the recent data released by the Ministry of Health older adults (>60years) make up about 19% of COVID-19 cases with 63% fatalities so far. Most of these cases were having pre-existing health complications such as diabetes, hypertension, heart, lung and kidney diseases. The data hence implies the importance of extra care needed for the elderly population. You can reduce the risk of exposure to the virus by following basic steps:

  1. Stay in isolation/quarantine

  2. Maintain hygiene by washing hands frequently

  3. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth

  4. Maintain 6 feet or two arm lengths distance from others

  5. Keep a watch on the symptoms: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath

Following the above steps can prove to be highly effective in preventing the infection. Additionally, elderly people are suggested to prepare a care plan which includes your health conditions, medications, emergency contact numbers, healthcare provider’s information, etc. Having a care plan during the pandemic can act has a proficient precautionary measure. In the case of more queries, feel free to connect with your healthcare providers to seek the right information and avoid panic.

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