Just like the song says, “It ain’t over yet.” In fact, the World Health Organization warned Monday, that “the worst is yet to come,” talking about the coronavirus pandemic.
Half a year since the new coronavirus outbreak, and the death toll has surpassed 500,000 with how many confirmed infections topping 10 million. Within the U.S., several states recorded record highs this week, including where I live within California as well as in Florida and Texas. In a June 23 hearing ahead of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Anthony Fauci, a person in the White House coronavirus task force, called another couple of weeks “critical” for controlling the spread.
Baby boomers need to pay attention. Although, details about COVID-19 keeps evolving, a very important factor hasn’t changed. Older adults have reached high danger of severe illness and death from the coronavirus. Take note: Eight out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have already been among adults aged 65 years and older, based on the CDC.
With all this in your mind, you may want to think about a number of the latest CDC updates for older adults:
* If you’re under 65 and think you’re from the woods, think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June expanded its warning of who is most at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, dropping 65 as the age-specific threshold for when risk increases in adults. To put it just, as you age, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. While those 85 and older have reached the maximum risk, people within their 50s are usually at higher risk for severe illness than people within their 40s. And people within their 60s or 70s have reached higher risk for severe illness than people within their 50s.
* The CDC has updated its official set of COVID-19 symptoms. Warning signs of the sickness include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new lack of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea โควิด. Symptoms that want immediate medical attention include: trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; inability to wake or stay awake; and bluish lips or face. Remember, in older adults (aged 65 and older), normal body temperature may be below in younger adults. Because of this, fever temperatures can be lower in older adults this means it might be less noticeable.
* The CDC also clarified which underlying conditions are most related to COVID-19 hospitalizations and death. On the expanded list: chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obesity (BMI of 30 or higher), a weakened immune protection system, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease and heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies. To date, the very best three underlying health conditions among coronavirus patients are cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
* With the rising rate of infections, let’s talk masks. They have some cool looking cloth face coverings nowadays, but which offer the most effective protection? Among the main features you’ll need are multiple layers of fabric, which are a lot better than just one, Richard Wenzel, M.D., infectious diseases epidemiologist and emeritus professor of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. states in an article for Consumers Reports. Mayo Clinic agrees that “cloth masks should include multiple layers of fabric.” A general rule of thumb is that thicker, denser fabrics will do an improved job than thinner, more loosely woven ones. Flannel pajama material, as an example, that includes a tight weave, might be a great option, Wenzel adds. If you intend to purchase a disguise online ensure it is created using tightly woven fabric and fits snugly, fully covering the mouth area and nose, wrapping under your chin as an anchor.
* Staying healthy is obviously important, but even way more during this pandemic. The CDC recommends that older adults receive recommended flu and pneumonia vaccinations, eat healthy, stay active, avoid excessive alcohol use, and get a lot of sleep. Additionally it is important to understand to cope with the strain that arises from a pandemic in a healthy way. Take breaks from the headlines, embrace your spirituality, stay linked to family members, take time to unwind and do something you enjoy, and practice deep breathing.
* Federal health officials are bracing for the fall, once the flu and COVID-19 is likely to be circulating at the same time. A week ago, the CDC’s Redfield urged the public to be prepared and “to embrace” the flu vaccine. “This single act helps you to save lives,” he said. The CDC can be developing a test that could simultaneously test for flu and COVID-19.
So, are we having any fun yet?
Yes, I understand. This really is hard. We miss our grandchildren, concerts in the park, eating dinner out, and gatherings with friends. The more stimulating, devil-may-care attitude many are displaying right now may be contagious. However, we boomers should be extra vigilant.
The CDC recommends avoiding activities where taking protective measures might be difficult, such as activities where social distancing can’t be maintained. “Generally speaking, the more individuals you talk with, the more closely you talk with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your danger of getting and spreading COVID-19,” their site states.