Coronavirus: Elderly population is at a heightened risk

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24th March, 2020 12:19:01 printer

Coronavirus: Elderly population is at a heightened risk

One of the glaring aspects from the coronavirus casualty from world over.

Elderly population, especially above 60 years, is at a heightened risk with Italy, the second most-affected country.

Even, 81 years as a mean age of those succumbing to the novel coronavirus.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s guidelines, older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill due to the virus.

Here has given the various theories that why the older generation is more vulnerable and what steps can be taken to help them deal with the situation better:

Why are elderly people at a greater risk of coronavirus?

Common signs of coronavirus infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, as per WHO.

Dr Shah advised these pointers:

*Avoid social gatherings, clubs, religious gatherings too.

*Until not necessary, avoid going for your routine check-ups to your doctors.

*As you age, the skin gets more drier which increases the chances of cracks and wounds which opens up the risk of any infection. So sanitise carefully followed by moisturising.

*Wear masks if you are on immuno-suppressants or have a poorly controlled disease.

*Vaccinate yourself with flu and bacterial pneumonia vaccines to prevent other serious infections.

*Last but not the least, stay fit and exercise regularly as that’s the only way to boost your immunity.

Dr HS Chabbra, chief of spine and medical director, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, suggested these pointers

*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

*Flex your elbow, whenever you cough or sneeze.

*Keep your throat moist, drink plenty of water.

*Drink hot water frequently or herbal decoctions (ginger/tulsi/ turmeric).

*Practice breathing exercises, pranayamas, meditation to keep your mind and body relaxed, as it promotes healing.

*Take enough rest, so that the body can produce cytokines, a major component of the immune system to fight against inflammations.

*Eat healthy and fresh foods and avoid processed ones.

*Expose your body to the sun daily for 20 minutes.

*Include fibre in your diet, eat vitamin C rich fruits and juices (amla/orange/lime) to boost your immunity.