There is no proof yet regarding the proneness of older people to get the COVID-19. However, high cases of people affected by the virus are among the elderly, specifically those with illness already. Even if elders are in good health, they are still vulnerable to sickness due to a weak immune system. Thus, extra care for our older loved ones is needed to be followed.

Here are the recommendations of 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. Know and follow the guidelines
Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers. Handshakes, public transportations, and crowded places should be avoided. Objects that are frequently used should be disinfected. Unnecessary travel should be canceled. Moreover, acquiring needed supplies should be done. Visitation to grandchildren should also be stopped for a while.

2. Use Telemedicine
Since going to doctor’s appointments is discouraged due to the coronavirus epidemic, telemedicine sessions are recommended. Furthermore, asking advice from your doctor regarding storing two to three months prescribed medicines can also be helpful.

3. Be mindful of social isolation
16 percent of people aged 60 and older are living alone in more than 130 countries according to Pew Research Center. It was found by the researchers that loneliness has its own negative effect on one’s health. Thus, at these times, it is recommended to use Zoom, Skype or Facetime to still connect with our grandparents.

4. Communicate to caregivers
As suggested by Dr. David Nace, president-elect of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, a discussion about proper hygiene with caregivers should be done. Make sure that aid workers are healthy and are always washing their hands or using hand gel regularly. Equipment that will be used should be sanitized.

5. Exercise, even in pandemic
Being active can help improve the body’s immune system and fight the virus. It also has mental and emotional benefits. Instead of going to the gym, a simple walk can suffice.