Senior citizens

If you are a senior citizen (67 years and older), you are at greater risk of having serious symptoms from the COVID -19 virus. It is especially important for you to follow the advisories issued by the Chief Epidemiologist.

We can all help to slow down the spread of the virus if we:

Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is also good to use.
Coughing and sneezing in the elbow, but not in your hands or in the air.
Avoid touching the face with your hands, especially around your eyes, mouth and nose. This is the way the virus enters the body.
Avoid hugs, kisses, and kisses; smile instead.
Use an antiseptic cloth to wipe down surfaces that people frequently touch.
Take special care in dealing with people at risk, and take care of yourself as well.
Use the telephone and other media to keep in contact, share information and pay special attention to people who do not have a strong social support network.
Do exercise. Exercises can be done indoors and under the guidance of a physiotherapist, if applicable. You can also turn to the radio, TV, or online exercises for advice and ideas.

A special risk group are elderly people with the following underlying diseases:

high blood pressure/heart disease,
diabetes,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
chronic kidney failure,
cancer
impaired functioning of the immune system.

You are not more susceptible to infection than others if you have the aforementioned risk factors. However, if you do get infected, you are more likely to get seriously ill. Therefore, it is advisable to limit direct contact with as few people as possible.

It is important to consider your well-being. Use the telephone and other communication tools to keep in contact and avoid feeling isolated or lonely.

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