- pandemic /pan-DEM-ik/
- mortality /mawr-TAL-i-tee/
- evade /ih-VEYD/
- accumulate /uh-KYOOH-myuh-leyt/
- telemedicine /TEL-uh-med-uh-sin/
- geriatrics /jer-ee-A-triks/
[noun] a dangerous disease that infects many people at one time
Scientists are working day and night to find a cure for this viral pandemic.
[noun] the number of deaths within a particular society and within a particular period of time
The mortality rate of infants is still one of the biggest problems in society today.
[verb] to avoid or escape from someone or something
There was an awkward silence when Rose tried to evade serious questions during her live interview on television.
[verb] to collect a large number of things over a long period of time
The husband failed to accumulate enough money to pay the hospital bills.
[noun] the treatment of people who are ill, by sending information from one place to another by computer, video, etc.
Patients were so focused as the doctor discussed how efficient telemedicine is.
[noun] the care and treatment of old people
There are a number of hospitals who are known for their advanced care on geriatrics.
Here are the recommended ways by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, geriatricians and infectious disease specialists to keep our older loved-ones safe from COVID-19.
1. Make it a habit to know and follow the guidelines.
For 20 seconds, wash your hands with soap and water regularly or cleanse them with hand sanitizers. Also, refrain from handshakes and mass gatherings. Objects that are touched often should be disinfected. Evade public transportation, and cancel other inessential travels. Accumulate necessary supplies and temporarily stop visiting grandchildren.
2. Use Telemedicine
Wellness visits are advised to cancel and use telemedicine sessions instead. Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom, chief of geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, agrees to it but has an apprehension that skipping visits might cause conditions to be out of control. However, Dr. Eckstrom also concurs that telemedicine can mostly aid this situation. In addition, talking to your doctor about stashing two or three months prescribed medicines can be also helpful.
3. Be mindful of social isolation
Social distancing is vital in controlling epidemics; however, experts warn this could also turn into social isolation, which is already a predicament in older communities. Based on the current findings of Pew Research Center, 16 percent of people aged 60 and older live alone in more than 130 countries. Researchers have found that isolation has its own negative effects on health. Switching to Zoom, Skype, Facetime or any virtual-meeting applications are suggested in order to compensate for any planned social gatherings.
4. Communicate with caregivers
Discussion about high standards of hygiene with aid workers should be done as suggested by Dr. David Nace, president-elect of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Furthermore, make sure that aid workers are healthy and they wash frequently. Equipment that will be used should also be disinfected.
5. Exercise, amidst pandemic.
Staying active can help improve the body’s immune system that can resist the effects brought by the coronavirus. Moreover, it also has mental and emotional benefits. Resort to going for a walk in a virus-free area instead of going to the gym filled with many people.
- In the article, what is the advised duration of washing our hands?
- Who is prone to serious diseases based on the article?
- According to the article, what should be discussed with caregivers of the elderly?
- What is a suggested way to compensate for social gatherings based on the article?
- What has mental and emotional benefits as mentioned in the article?
- Do you think the ways mentioned in the article are effective in keeping older people safe? Please explain your answer.
- In Japan, what are the preventive measures to keep the elderly safe from COVID-19?
- How do you think does this pandemic affects a country’s economic status or businesses?
- How does COVID-19 affect your day-to-day routine? Please discuss.
- What should people learn in facing this crisis? Please elaborate on your answer.