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High-risk group: how to behave for people over 60 during a coronavirus pandemic



Hygiene, online communication and walking are most important for the prevention of the disease, writes

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It is already clear that in case of infection with a new coronavirus, people over 60 are much higher than in the younger age group, the risk of developing serious, life-threatening complications, even if their general health is relatively good.

But older people who have chronic diseases and already undermine their health are especially vulnerable to infection.

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In this regard, geriatrics and infectious disease specialists interviewed by The New York Times strongly advise older people to strictly follow current World Health Organization guidelines:

  • wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or wipe them with an alcohol-based disinfectant gel;
  • avoid handshakes and visits to confined spaces with large crowds, especially public transport, as well as supermarkets and shopping centers;
  • Before touching it yourself, wipe with a disinfectant an object that is often touched by other people, such as elevator buttons;
  • stock up on products that can be stored for a long time, constantly taken with medicines and other goods that do not deteriorate, so as not to go to the store again.

It is also worth giving up visits to doctors and clinics for a while, if this is not connected with some urgent need, experts advise.

At the same time, they warn, social exclusion, which helps to avoid infection, in itself can be a danger to the health of older people. Therefore, in order not to feel divorced from society, you need to try to maintain virtual communication with other people, for example, using social networks, Skype or FaceTime.

Another important point is maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the epidemic.

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You need to try to ensure yourself adequate sleep, a healthy diet and physical activity. Daily physical exercises help normalize the immune system, reduce stress, improve mental and emotional state. Therefore, every day, older people just need to go on a walk, experts say.

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