The recent spread of COVID-19 presents a very real threat across the globe. With six confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia and a state representative in self-quarantine, there are plenty of reasons for concern. It is important to note that research suggests that anyone over 60 is more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Thankfully, Gainesville seniors have plenty of tools at their disposal to protect themselves and their families.

5 tips to minimize risk of infection

The following five tips should help prevent infection among high-risk individuals:

  • Wash your hands: Washing hands for 30 seconds or longer several times a day will increase immediate cleanliness and reduce contaminants. Make sure to specifically wash before and after meals and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close.
  • Refrain from touching your face: An easy way for the virus to enter the body is through mucous membranes. Seniors should keep their hands away from their face and others’.
  • Self-quarantine: Some officials recommend that high-risk individuals quarantine themselves during the epidemic. Minimizing exposure to new people or places goes a long way toward prevention.
  • Stay connected: Regular contact with family members and friends can help maintain or raise morale. Schedule daily check-ins and ask family members to help you learn to use connective technology. Programs like Skype, FaceTime and Facebook are fun ways to stay connected with loved ones.
  • Secure an estate plan: Anyone with children or over the age of 60 should have their estate plan in order. Those with questions can reach out to a local attorney to help design a plan. This can be particularly helpful for those in danger of falling ill, as establishing power of attorney is especially important.

Help keep our seniors safe

Those who have their estate plans in order should consider checking on elderly relatives more frequently, ensuring that their health and all the elements of their care are functioning as intended. Seniors may need additional attention to secure their safety.