While the most current news is focusing on the coronavirus, there are always plenty of dangerous viruses making the rounds in your community every year. Whether influenza or the latest potent virus is what is making you feel concerned, the person who is most likely to be impacted by it is the senior citizen in your life. In fact, those who are over the age of 60 and those who have chronic, underlying conditions are most at risk of experiencing serious side effects from a viral infection. However, you can do a great deal to help seniors in your life stay healthy.
Keep Supplies of Food and Necessary Products on Hand
If you are unable to bring your loved one supplies, he should have enough on hand to live comfortably alone for a few days. It is also vital to keep at least 30 days of prescription medication on hand if possible.
Keep Plenty of Space Between You and Your Loved One
Because some viruses are spread through airborne droplets, try to stay at least three feet away from your loved one if you know that you are sick. If possible, find someone else to check on your loved one while you are sick.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
While hand sanitizer is effective in killing many pathogens, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to get germs off the hands.
Encourage Your Loved One to Keep His Hands off His Face
Many viruses are transmitted from the hands to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Keeping the hands off the face can significantly decrease one’s chance of getting ill during the next viral outbreak in your area.
Stay in Touch with Your Loved One
Even when you cannot get by to check on your loved one, call every day or two to make sure that he is doing all right.
Watch for Signs and Symptoms of a Viral Infection
While some viruses react slightly differently in the body, many take on similar characteristics. For example, your loved one may feel tired and achy. He may also have a fever, a cough, or a runny or stuffed-up nose.