Staying Safe During This Pandemic
Coronavirus is officially a pandemic. We are learning more and more about the situation as each day goes by, but COVID-19 has proven itself to be an incredibly serious situation that we all should be cautious of and responsible about. Especially in the Alpharetta and Atlanta area, Coronavirus is affecting our everyday decisions. If you would like to learn more about COVID-19 but don’t know where to start, let’s run through the top questions about Coronavirus to ask your in-home healthcare provider.
Know the Answers to These Questions
1. Who is at risk of the virus?
There are thousands of reported cases in the U.S. Those who travel or have attended large gatherings recently are more likely to have it. Coronavirus is especially dangerous for those with preexisting conditions or compromised immune systems; this can include seniors, people with chronic conditions, or survivors of a disease such as cancer.
2. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, and coughing. If you show these signs and believe you may have been exposed to someone who carries COVID-19, seek medical attention. That said, test kits for Coronavirus are limited, and our medical system is susceptible to being overwhelmed during a time like this; get tested only if you have suspicion to believe you may have contracted COVID-19.
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
Coronavirus is an airborne virus and can spread up to six feet in the air. When someone with Coronavirus breathes or speaks, tiny droplets will go into the air that can spread to someone else. The CDC has developed recommendations that are precautions based on this information, and we can help minimize the spread of Coronavirus by following their advice. Many suggest avoiding close contact with others if possible, washing your hands, and refraining from touching your face.
4. How can I protect myself?
You might have heard of “social distancing.” Since the virus is airborne, we can limit its spread by quarantining ourselves. Unfortunately, this might mean quarantining yourself away from family and loved ones, especially if they may have been exposed to the virus; this is for the safety of everyone. Consider limiting how many visitors you have, knowing that you can also call them to catch up. Ask your caregiver what they recommend regarding visitors. At this point, you may leave your home if necessary, such as if you need to go to the store but limit those outings if possible and do so only when needed. Take precautions such as thoroughly washing your hands and avoiding touching your face to minimize your chances of being exposed to COVID-19.
5. How can I learn more?
The CDC is a great resource for learning about Coronavirus. The CDC will inform us about updates and recommendations that will best keep us safe. If you would like additional information, find a trustworthy news source that is covering the situation; however, keep in mind that some of the stories on the news may be sensationalized and cause panic, which is why we recommend an objective outlet such as the CDC. Your in-home healthcare provider will be a great resource for any questions you may have.
Staying Active During This Time
Loving Others from a Distance
Though social distancing is recommended, we don’t have to isolate ourselves. Relationships are such an important part of our everyday lives, so take advantage of the technologies we have access to by calling, video chatting, or emailing your loved ones. Even if you don’t use your phone or computer too much, send someone a card or a letter to show them you love them! Words of encouragement can go a long way.
Entertainment Right at Home
With businesses and events closed for the time being, you can still have a bit of fun. Many museums and attractions are offering free virtual tours. Visit some of the world’s most enlightening places from the comfort and safety of your own home. Even some Ivy League schools are offering free online courses. This is the perfect time to learn something new.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
This is a time when it’s most important to be diligent about our health. Find time in your day to exercise. Some indoor workout ideas include walking, balancing exercises, and raising your arms. Getting your heart rate up each day will help stimulate your immune system. Seniors are encouraged to maintain taking supplements as recommended.
Even in quarantine, find a way to spend some moments outside, enjoying the sunlight and getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. As always, stay hydrated. A common rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces—if you weight 150 pounds, then drink 75 ounces of water per day.
For the Care You Need, Choose Trinity Life at Home
Trinity Life at Home is an in-home healthcare provider, serving the Alpharetta and greater Atlanta area. We provide families with solutions and comfort in times of need. Our caregivers are trained to address our patients’ needs per the CDC guidelines. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by giving us a call at 678-731-0831 or by filling out the contact form on our website.