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Coronavirus Anxiety: What You Can do to Keep Your Senior Loved One Healthy

By Debbie Nunn, 9:35 am on

By now, there isn’t a single person who hasn’t heard about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and people everywhere are starting to panic. But we’re to tell you to stay calm! Panicking is the last thing you should do. You and your senior loved one can remain healthy and safe during this time by taking extra precautions as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization WHO) below.

Don’t Panic

Keep calm and carry on! We know that this is easier said than done, but we want you to try your best to keep your cool and not panic. If you take the necessary precautions and treat the Coronavirus just like you would a regular flu epidemic, you will have a great chance of remaining healthy!


Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are taking precautions and limiting visitations across the US. This is a good practice for your senior too, and it’s called social distance. If your senior is still accepting visitors, each visitor must be sure they’re feeling completely healthy. Keeping a distance of 3 feet from anyone coughing or sneezing is a good safety measure if your senior is going out in public.

Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face

Keep your hands clean! Wash them often with alcohol-based soap and use hand sanitizer when necessary. While washing, rub your hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds to kill the virus. Avoid making contact with your face, especially the eyes, mouth, and nose. The Coronavirus is not airborne but will enter through these orifices, so don’t touch your hands to them.

Seek Healthcare Immediately If…

You are showing any signs of having the Coronavirus. This includes sneezing, coughing, fever, runny nose, and shortness of breath. If you have any one of these symptoms, do not brush them off. They need to be taken seriously. If your senior is showing any of these symptoms, they should seek healthcare as soon as possible to get healthy and prevent the spread of the virus.

For more information about the Coronavirus and prevention for your senior loved one, please contact Home Care Assistance to talk with our senior care experts.

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