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The Summer of 2020: Fewer Visits to Grandma and Grandpa


The summer of 2020 will be one to remember as vacations, activities and even visits between grandparents and grandchildren have been rethought or put on hold because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 is a complex virus. The fact that so many people are without symptoms (asymptomatic), yet have the virus, puts them at risk for unknowingly infecting others.

Adults over age 65 have the greatest risk for serious illness if they contract COVID-19. Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, the steps we can take to keep ourselves – and particularly the older adults in our lives – safe, are simple.

The key is practicing all of four steps together:

Wear a Mask
Research shows that wearing a mask helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommend wearing a mask in public. COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets from our nose and mouth that get into the air when we laugh, talk, sneeze, sing, etc. Wearing a mask so that it covers both the nose and the mouth reduces the number of droplets that we put into the air. Remember, your mask protects me, and my mask protects you.

Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face
Our hands come into contact with so many surfaces, individuals or pets throughout the day. Each of these transmit germs. Plus, it’s estimated that we touch our face at least 16 times an hour. This is how viruses, like COVID-19, are transmitted. All health authorities recommend frequent handwashing with a disinfectant soap for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face. Hand sanitizer also is effective when soap and water aren’t accessible.

Clean Surfaces and High-Touch Areas
Regularly clean surfaces and high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, phones, remote controls and cabinet handles. Use soap and water to clean an area prior to using a disinfectant surface cleaner. This combined effort is recommended by the CDC and will help reduce the spread of disease.

Social Distance, Stay Outdoors and Avoid Large-Group Gatherings
The spread of COVID-19 takes place among people who are in close contact with one another (within six feet) for as little as 15 minutes. The closer the physical proximity to an infected person, the greater the chance of exposure to the virus. With the potential for the virus to circulate in the air, the risk is higher indoors particularly with poor ventilation. So, when visiting, try to stay outdoors six feet apart from others, and avoid large-group gatherings where social distancing is challenging.

Practiced together, each step works in combination with another to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19. At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, our utmost priority is everyone’s health and well-being.

Visit www.SrCare.org to learn more.



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