The coronavirus pandemic made a public health emergency around the world. All people were affected and still being affected by the pandemic not only the health experts, medical professionals, and scientists. It has become clearer that nobody is immune to this virus. Nevertheless, some groups might be at a risk group of infection and even an increased chance of dying from the coronavirus disease.
Who Is At The Most High-Risk Groups?
- People Over 70 Years Old
People over 70 years of age have a higher risk of severe conditions from the coronavirus disease. Older people can be vulnerable especially for those who have difficulty staying independent. Vulnerability increases with age and might manifest itself in different ways.
- Adults Over 18 Years Old With Underlying Health Conditions
Adults might also be at a higher risk if they have certain underlying health conditions. This includes those who have on or more of the following health conditions:
- Chronic respiratory or pulmonary problems
- Chronic heart patients who were qualified for a flu shot
- Diabetes that is not fully controlled
- Kidney disease who needs dialysis
- HIV infection
- Serious liver disease
- Morbid obesity
What To Do?
For people who belong to the risk group, it is very important to avoid uncontrollable situations. These are situations in which it not possible to stay far from other people and no one checks whether people have any symptoms. Here is some advice on what you can do to avoid situations that you can’t control and will lessen your risk of being infected;
- When Receiving Visitors At Home: Ask them beforehand if they’ve experienced any symptom. You must follow hygiene measures and physical distancing protocols when you are with them. If possible, receive visitors outdoors, that would be better than indoors.
- When Visiting Other People: Be careful and ask your hosts and any other guests if they have any symptoms. Follow as well the hygiene measures and practice physical/social distancing.
- Shopping: Prevent some locations where it will be hard to stay far from other people. If you can’t avoid going to the shops, choose a time that you think there are fewer people. Vulnerable elderly people must preferably have groceries delivered to their home or have someone else do their shopping.
- Gatherings And Meetings: If possible, avoid attending large gatherings and hold meetings online such as video calls or Zoom meetings.
- Transportations: Avoid using any public transportation.
- Looking After Children: Children play a minor role in spreading the virus. Children ages up to 12 years old do not have to keep 1-2 meters far from others. Vital people over 70 years old can look after children under 13 years old. Also, vulnerable people can babysit, but it is recommended to be extra careful and preferably to maintain a 1-2 meters distance.
Children In Risk Groups
Children do not appear to be in the risk groups even if they have underlying medical conditions. If you are not sure about these, you can ask your doctor or pediatrician about what you can do best especially if your child needs to go to school or clinic. Ask them how you can bring your child for any consultations if ever they’ve any symptoms of the coronavirus.