Indian Government has announced a lockdown in several states of India to minimize the ill-effects of coronavirus as it is highly contagious. The on-duty medical practitioners are requesting the public to stay at home and maintain social distancing to the hilt. Around 500+ cases are found in India, and several measures have been taken to stop this pandemic from turning into a monster. Coronavirus Lockdown is one of the significant steps taken worldwide by the respective governments to keep everyone safe from this epidemic. The purpose of such a COVID-19 lockdown is to avoid close contact between two or more people that will stop the population from being infected by this deadly monster. Doctors and researchers have confirmed that persons with healthy and strong immunity will not be affected by the coronavirus, but this gives rise to one of the pressing issues as to how senior citizens at home will survive from this pandemic especially who are under a severe underlying medical condition.
If you have senior citizens at your home, and you’re looking for some precautionary measures to fight the battle of Coronavirus, then here’re some steps to practice regularly at home.
- Avoid close contact with anyone: It is recommended that a two-arm length distance should be maintained with people who are sick. The standard distance recommended by WHO is 1.8 meters but try to maintain at least 1-meter distance from anyone who is coughing, sneezing, or ill.
- Disinfect the touched surfaces frequently: Frequently touched items in the home includes tables, chairs, door locks, and metal handles, taps, etc. Disinfect these items with a sanitizer or clean them regularly with soap/detergent water. This will significantly reduce the chances of getting coronavirus.
- Clean your hands regularly: One of the simplest and most common methods to fight coronavirus is to keep hands sanitized and clean. Wash your hands frequently. It is suggested to wash hands every hour with soap and water. Liquid soap will also work. However, sanitizers are out of stock in the market or available at a higher price. Do not worry! There’re many ways to prepare sanitizers at home. One of the easiest methods is to use aftershave lotion and water. Mix them in 3:2 proportion, i.e., three-fourth of lotion and one-fourth of water. This mixture is ready to use as a substitute for an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Take a break from the news and Social media: If you feel overwhelmed by the endless updates about coronavirus, restrict your media access. Set specific hours for news and alerts to keep up. Mute or unfollow accounts that cause confusion or panic. Watching or hearing news regularly about COVID-19 might be upsetting. Take regular breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. It affects psychologically.
- Support Yourself-Connect with others: Senior citizens at home may feel lonely, which affects them from within. Try connecting to relatives and talk with people you trust about your concerns. Share your feelings with them.
- Yoga/meditation will help: Yoga/meditation is a mind cleanser. Take deep breaths, do some regular stretching exercises or practice meditation. You don’t need to visit meditation centers and retreats for the same. You can do it at your home.
- Eat healthy Live healthy: Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals. Balanced meals and exercising regularly will give you plenty of sleep. It will improve the immunity system. Stay away from alcohol, smoking, and drugs.
- Talk to your healthcare provider or family doctor: Along with the remedies given by the World Health Organization; consult your family doctor for necessary medication. Although there is no proven cure or vaccine developed for COVID-19, it is a good precaution to get flu shots to mitigate the risks of coronavirus infection.
- Pay attention to what’s happening locally: Avoid crowds as older bodies are more susceptible to any viral attack; it is better to stay at home. Be informed about local updates. Do not go outside in lockdown as there is a high risk of transmission of coronavirus from human-to-human.
- Do not medicate yourself: If you have a dry cough or any other symptoms; immediately visit a doctor. Do not medicate any symptoms from your end by any drug, especially antibiotics.
Helpline numbers for coronavirus
The central helpline number for coronavirus is:+91-11-23978046
Apart from that, there are also state helpline numbers. For example, if you are from Kerala, the helpline number for coronavirus is 0471-2552056. You can see the list of all state helpline numbers for coronavirus here. There is also a dedicated senior citizen helpline number – 1091 and 1291. If you feel like having symptoms for coronavirus, call on this number immediately. You will be given full support and care by medical authorities.