We’ve all heard about COVID-19. And for most of us, it’s simply an important news flash – and that’s about it. But for millions of elders around the world, COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease.
With new cases reported from across India, the total number of reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country has risen to 4682.
While the government is taking every step to curb the disease on the country level, we as individuals have to do our bit as well.
During these times, it is essential to keep ourselves and others informed and updated with the available information.
You can visit official websites of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to get all the latest information.
Elders are more susceptible to coronavirus. Therefore, they should be the ones most cautious.
Coronavirus symptoms are very common i.e. symptoms the same as that of viral or seasonal flu. Coronavirus symptoms are:
Difficulty in breathing
We would request every elder to be careful and if they are experiencing any of the above coronavirus symptoms, they should not panic and inform their doctor.
But in severe cases, coronavirus symptoms can lead to pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and kidney failure.
However, there are a few coronavirus precautions which, if followed, will improve our immunity and lower the risk of catching the respiratory illness.
Few of the coronavirus precautions are:
Wash your hands thoroughly (back of your hands, between the fingers, under the nails) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes, and nose.
Avoid going to crowded places.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Use a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content, in case soap and water are not available.
If you feel sick, consult a doctor immediately.
These coronavirus precautions can really help us in protecting ourselves from the virus. Always keep these coronavirus precautions in mind!
Another important thing which you need to keep in mind is not to believe in everything that you hear or read. With every major thing comes a flood of misinformation and rumours.
Fake news can be spread through various mediums, be it WhatsApp, SMS, social media platforms or e-mails. One needs to be very cautious when writing down or forwarding any information on COVID-19. There is already a lot of panic among people due to this pandemic, let’s not worsen the situation by spreading anything and everything we hear.
One needs to keep in mind that they should publish or forward only that information which is verified. Moreover, it will be better if people consume only that information on coronavirus that is available on government websites (some of the names have been mentioned above).
It’s time to stay calm and stay strong. Do not spread panic, but awareness.
Once again a reminder for everyone, make sure to visit a doctor if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Also, follow all coronavirus precautions to stay safe.