It’s no secret that our senior community has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 virus. According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, 79% of COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care facilities in Canada. For seniors and their families, this is a challenging and scary time. It is the responsibility of all Canadians to do their part in keeping each other safe, especially our most vulnerable.
So how do we keep our seniors safe during COVID-19? The Canadian government has released a set of guidelines that are specifically directed at those interacting with seniors at this time. If you have regular contact with a senior citizen, it is paramount to follow the following guidelines:
1. Limit Contact: According to the Canadian Government, you should not share personal items such as towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices. Limit direct or indirect contact as much as possible as not all those infected with COVID-19 will show symptoms.
2. Protect Yourself: If interaction is necessary, wear personal protective equipment. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
3. Wear Masks: Masks are an important way to limit the spread of germs. When around a vulnerable person, always wear a mask or face covering.
4. Keep Your Environment Clean: Regularly wash your clothes and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched. Change your masks and gloves regularly and dispose of the old equipment in a secure fashion.
5. Monitor Yourself for Symptoms: If you start to develop any symptoms, immediately quarantine (self-isolate) at home for 14 days.
6. Maintain These Supplies: Medical mask (if available or face covering), disposable gloves, tissues, protective eyewear…(for the full list please visit this website)
Stay safe, protect yourself and your loved ones.
For more information on coronavirus call 1-833-784-4397 or visit canada.ca/coronavirus