The cases of COVID-19 are still rising, yet the political and economic powers are ignoring the fluid exposure to this devastating illness. COVID 19 is still claiming lives yet we are being told that it’s time to start living with the reality of “life with COVID-19”. It’s a scary reality for older adults.
According to the CDC, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. Older people are dying at a higher rate than others.
Part of the steps to reduce exposure to the COVID 19 illness is to be aware that the easing of lockdown does not mean that the pandemic is over. What it means is that the economic powers that be are stronger than the importance of our collective health and wellness. Therefore, our health and wellness is now on a personal care basis and we must be guided accordingly.
The following steps are advised as the lockdown is being eased
- Stay home when possible; Stay away from enclosed areas such as hotels, shops, mosques and churches. The Federal Government has strongly advised that if you are 55years and over, you should avoid going to church or mosque.
- Wear your facemask and ensure your nostrils are covered when in public places with people around. Wash the facemask once you get back home before using again.
- Keep a good distance between yourself and others, which is known as physical distancing. Recommended distance is 6 feet away.
- Take your vitamins and medication daily or as recommended by your physician. Vitamin D, C and Zinc are known to be good for building immunity.
- Avoid any travel for now especially by public transportation.
- Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Limit the number of people that come into your space.
As society moves on during this pandemic, we strongly advise that you keep updated on the latest information and remain guided. Community spread of the respiratory disease is prevalent. We pray that tangible intervention to curb or even cure the disease will be found. We need our lives back.
Written by Bunmi Sodade for NARP50PLUS