CAREGIVING FOR THE ELDERLY DURING COVID19 PANDEMIC
The geriatric population is at a higher risk for developing severe or critical illness associated with COVID19. Stats show that most individuals over the age of 60 years have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to complications. Pre-existing heart conditions, respiratory conditions, diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) are a few health problems that may increase the risk of COVID19-associated complications. If you are a caregiver for an elder person that has one or more of the above conditions, then ask your doctor how to protect them from coronavirus or book a tele-appointment with a doctor in Pakistan.
How do I book a tele-appointment with a doctor in Pakistan?
There are several online healthcare services and telemedicine portals that allow you to access online doctors in Pakistan. So, whether you’re in Karachi, Lahore or Islamabad you can book a tele-appointment with a doctor in Pakistan by downloading an online doctor app on your smartphone or mobile device.
Most countries around the world are in a state of lockdown like Pakistan. You are advised to stay home to protect yourself and your loved ones. Experts recommend that you stay home if you have minor health conditions like the flu or a mild fever. Treat yourself at home, stay away from the hospital and avoid risking exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Having said that, sometimes minor health conditions require medical assistance as well. For quick medical advice, book an online doctor appointment in Pakistan and get online medical consultation from the convenience of your own home.
Don’t panic. Plan!
People who live with elderly family members and those who can’t reach them right now are probably flooded with concern. Stay calm and don’t panic because it will only cause additional stress more than anything else right now. The elderly need your support and they’re counting on you for help in any way possible.
Here are some measures you can take to care for and support your elderly loved ones.
- Stay home
This might not seem like you’re doing much, but staying home is probably the most important way to break the chain of infection. By staying home, you’re not only protecting yourself but others as well.
Research shows that the novel coronavirus is extremely contagious, more than the common cold or flu. An individual may have contracted the virus but not show any symptoms. This person is now a carrier and may transmit the infection to other healthy individuals in close proximity and not even know it. By self-isolation, you by-pass the risk of exposure. For more details on quarantine and isolation, ask an online doctor.
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- Practice regular handwashing
Hand hygiene is not only important to prevent COVID19, but a wide spectrum of communicable and infectious diseases. The WHO and other health organizations recommend handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
The novel coronavirus has a lipoprotein envelope, which means that it is made up of fat and protein. The soap helps to disintegrate the fat cells, thereby killing the virus in the process. Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent COVID19 and other contagious and communicable diseases like flu, common cold, and typhoid.
- Practice social distancing
If you must go out, make sure you maintain a safe distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people. Avoid public places and large gatherings. Most public places like parks and restaurants have been closed temporarily but people tend to gather in clusters. These clusters can be potential hubs for infection.
To learn more about the benefits of social distancing, call your doctor or connect with an online doctor. Download an online doctor's app on your smartphone and book an online doctor's appointment in Pakistan at your convenience.
- Stock up important supplies for a week or two
Follow the rules of the lockdown in your region and visit the local grocery store or pharmacy during the permissible time slot and stock up on essentials like grains, pulses, and other food items. If your elderly family members are taking regular prescription medication for conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure you store at least a 2-week supply. Do not hoard, do not overstock. Be kind and considerate of others during this time. Ask around in your neighborhood if anyone needs anything and get it for them. The only way we can get through this is together.
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- Clean and disinfect
There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning a surface with a washcloth removes dirt, debris, and germs but it doesn't kill the germs. Using disinfectants like a diluted solution of bleach and water kills the germs.
Make it a point to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your homes like doorknobs, countertops, tables, faucets, sinks and the toilet. Visit the CDC or WHO websites to review approved disinfectants that are safe to use in your home or book an online doctor appointment in Pakistan and ask an online doctor for details.
- Avoid unnecessary travel
Most workplaces have asked their employees to work from home. However, some jobs require travel. If possible, postpone or cancel in-person meetings and switch to virtual meetings and conference calls instead. The main mode of spread has been traveling from one place to another. Don't risk exposure at this uncertain and critical phase of the pandemic. Stay home and stay safe.
For medical assistance, a second opinion or expert medical advice feel free to download the Mylivedoctors app on your smartphone or mobile device and book an online doctor appointment in Pakistan. The doctors are working around the clock to provide remote patient care through virtual communication. Book an online doctor appointment in Pakistan and get an online medical consultation without leaving home. Use online healthcare services like Mylivedoctors and keep yourself and your loved ones safe!