The Coronavirus, more specifically named COVID-19, is an epidemic that has escalated to the status of a pandemic. As it moves through the world and has even reached the US, government mandated social distancing has become a reality, closing schools, businesses, and organizations all over the country.
The disease shares many similar symptoms to the flu and tends to affect the respiratory system. The risk population is the same as it is for the flu: the youngest children, adults 60 and older, and anyone who is considered to be immunocompromised (those with weakened immune systems due to the health factors).
If you or someone you love falls into one of these coronavirus risk groups, you’ll need to take extra measures to minimize the risk of contracting the virus. In this article you will learn 10 ways to prevent, prepare, and get treated for the disease.
What Is COVID-19?
The medical term coronavirus refers to any virus that is part of the coronaviridae family of viruses named for their crown-like shape. The term COVID-19 refers to the type of virus and the year it was first identified, 2019. There is currently no vaccine for this virus, but most people with healthy immune systems will successfully fight it off and recover.
Why Are People 60+ More At Risk?
Studies have been conducted to explain why people who are 60 years old or older are at a higher risk of developing the disease and why it is more likely to be fatal for this population. It seems to come down to two basic factors:
- Underlying Diseases. People in the age range of 60 and older are more likely to have health conditions or other diseases that would affect their ability to cope with and fight off the disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other respiratory illnesses.
- Weaker Immune Systems. Though the exact reason has not yet been determined, it seems that as people age their immune systems become less effective at fighting off viruses and other communicable diseases.
10 Tips to Prevent COVID-19 and Get Treatment
The best case scenario is to avoid exposure to the virus altogether. The same precautions apply to people in the coronavirus age risk as the rest of the population, but it is more important for people in this age group to follow them.
1. Wash your hands well and often, with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
2. Stay home as much as possible to avoid contact with others.
3. If you must go out, maintain 6 feet of space between you and other people.
4. Avoid physical contact with others.
5. Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hand.
6. Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when going out in public.
7. Drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet.
To prepare for coronavirus:
8. If you are eligible for Medicare benefits but haven’t signed up, now is a good time to do so. Medicare offers you financial assistance with the costs associated with medical care as well as access to Telehealth, an over-the-phone option for medical treatment.
9. Consider Medicare supplement insurance plans to ensure you’ll have as much coverage as you need in the unfortunate event that you were to be hospitalized due to coronavirus.
If you develop symptoms of the coronavirus:
10. If you have Medicare, the federal government has encouraged people to take advantage of telehealth, a service available to Medicare patients for a wide range of medical needs. This allows you to get faster treatment from the comfort and safety of your own home.
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