The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that older people with serious medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible”, Due to the expansion and dangers of the new coronavirus.
In their latest newsletter, the CDC emphasized that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, “seem to have a higher risk of contracting“Coronavirus. “Early data suggest that older people are twice as likely to be infected”, They expressed.
In their argument, they stressed that this is because “as people get older, their immune systems change, making it hard for their body to fight disease and infection” Another reason they point out is that “many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from an illness. ”
In dialogue with CNN, the doctor William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University and a long-time advisor to the CDC, said that these two groups (elderly and people with serious medical conditions) they should consider avoiding activities such as traveling by plane, going to the movies, attending family events, shopping at full shopping centers and going to religious services.
The people of these two groups “you should consider not doing these activities at this time”, Emphasized the doctor; and I add: “This should be the most important thing for people over 60 and for those with underlying health problems., such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems. The most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is to reduce your face-to-face contact with people“
For its part, Michael Osterholm, a former state epidemiologist in Minnesota, agreed that people over 60 should take these measures. “I think it is clearly time to take these steps”, The professional told CNN, who has served on committees that advise the federal government on public health issues and is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
According to the aforementioned medium, both experts – who themselves are over 60 years old – said that they are taking the collections they recommend.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provided a series of recommendations to keep in mind to prevent coronavirus:
1- Have supplies on hand.
2- Contact your health care provider to ask about the obtaining additional necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay in your home for an extended period of time.
3- If you cannot get additional medications, consider using mail orders for medications
4- Make sure you have over-the-counter medications and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people can recover from COVID-19 in their homes.
5- Have enough household items and groceries to be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
6- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
7- If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take additional steps to put distance between you and others:
A) Stay at home as much as possible (consider ways to bring food to your home through family, social or commercial networks).
B) Avoid crowds, especially in areas with poor ventilation.
8- Make a plan of what to do if you get sick:
A) Keep in touch with other people by phone or email. You may need to ask friends, family, neighbors and community health workers for help if you get sick.
B) Determine who can give you care.
C) Take daily preventive actions, such as cleaning your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, nose and eyes; and disinfect your home.