No doubt, the new coronavirus has really impacted how we interact with others while ensuring we protect ourselves. As we adapt to the new norm of social distancing, the big question is how we can keep the older population safe, since they are more at risk than younger people. This is more so because they have a weakened immune system and are more likely to be dealing with an underlying condition (s).
As indicated by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), following social distancing guidelines is imperative in keeping seniors safe. More importantly, we all have a role to play to ensure we do not in any way expose this at-risk demographic to the virus.
Here we look at some essential social distancing tips that can help keep seniors safe at all times.
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Encourage social distancing during visits
For safety purposes, seniors should keep visits minimal to help minimize the risk of contracting the virus. However, in the event that a visit is essential, observing social distancing guidelines should be paramount. Here, choose to meet your visitors outdoors, and if that is not possible, ensure the room is well ventilated, and seats are not close to each other.
Equally important is to avoid shaking hands, hugging, or coming into close contact with the visitors. While here, keep a list of people who visit just in case you need it to contact-trace them when one of them (or yourself) gets infected.
Wear a face covering
The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes the need to wear face masks, especially when in public, to prevent the spread of the virus. This is particularly critical for seniors who are more vulnerable, and therefore likely to be more affected when exposed.
Typically, people should wear face coverings in places where it is difficult to keep social distance and when indoors with people who you do not live together. By adhering to this rule, you reduce the risk of spreading the virus, and at the same time, catching it from people who might have it but are not aware.
Wash hands often
This is one safety precaution that seniors have to observe to keep safe. Usually, germs can spread easily and quickly from our hands to our bodies through the membranes of the nose, mouth, and eyes. Therefore, by washing hands as often as possible, you significantly cut down the risk of transferring the virus to your body.
The CDC advises everybody, including seniors, to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. In the absence of soap and water, a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol is equally effective. This way, you are sure to get the germs off your hands.
Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces
Germs tend to remain on a surface for hours or even days, which puts seniors at risk of catching the coronavirus. Disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and handles can go a long way in reducing the chances of an infection. It is advisable to delegate the cleaning tasks to another person as it can help reduce the risk of exposure.
The CDC also recommends that seniors refrain from using shared items, including seat covers, linen napkins, and tablecloths. If they do, it is crucial to ensure they are disinfected properly before use.
As we navigate these times, Sarasota Bay Club knows that the health of our residents comes first. For more information about our new regulations, contact us today.