COVID-19 has affected everyone this past year, no matter how young or old.

Unfortunately, the risk for severe illness increases with age, and the coronavirus is no exception. Elderly people are the most vulnerable population and should be extra cautious when dealing with COVID-19. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road explores this topic.

How Can COVID-19 Affect My Elderly Relatives?

If you have a loved one living in an assisted living or nursing home facility, it is no doubt this year has looked a lot different. COVID-19 can be especially dangerous for the elderly because of their higher risk of infection.

Anyone with underlying illness is at higher risk for severe illness and many seniors are already struggling with other health conditions. You can expect certain symptoms with infection, but they will be even more severe and difficult to recover from for many elderly people.

Symptoms of the Virus

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle, body and headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

What Are Some Safe Ways to Spread Love?

This year has been especially difficult for many families because what is keeping us safe is distance—and distance can be very lonely. We know that limiting interaction with elderly people and those at a higher risk is hard especially during the holidays.

Below is a list of ways you can interact without putting others at risk.

Creative Ways to Spread Love

  • Write letters.
  • Visit through the windows.
  • Make sure your loved one has a phone accessible for calls and video chats.
  • Use smart speakers and smartphones to make connecting easier through voice commands.
  • Send gifts.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road is standing with you through the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic! We hope you can connect with family members in meaningful ways this winter. For any general healthcare concerns, visit us today.