There is no fact on the high possibility of older people to get COVID-19. But the number of confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 are among the elderly. Even if elders are in good health, they are still prone to sickness due to a weak immune system. Thus, extra care for our older loved ones is needed.

Here are the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, geriatricians and viral disease specialists to keep our older loved-ones safe from COVID-19.

1. Know and follow the guidelines
Using soap and water, wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizers. Avoid handshakes, public vehicles, and crowded places. Disinfect items that are used from time to time. Stock basic needs and cancel unimportant trips. Do not visit your grandchildren for a while.

2. Use Telemedicine
In the meantime, it is advisable to use telemedicine to replace wellness visits.
Also, asking for advice from your doctor about stocking two to three months of prescribed medicines can help.

3. Be mindful of being alone
16 percent of people aged 60 years old and above are living alone in more than 130 countries according to a study by Pew Research Center. Loneliness has its own bad effect on health. Thus, use Zoom, Skype or Facetime to communicate with our grandparents especially at times like this.

4. Talk to caregivers
Talk to the caregivers about proper hygiene as suggested by Dr. David Nace, president-elect of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Make sure that caregivers are healthy and have clean hands. Equipment that will be used should be disinfected.

5. Exercise, even in pandemic
Physical activities can make the body’s immune system strong, and it also has a good effect on mental and emotional aspects. Simple work out such as walking would be enough.