As the song says, “It’s not over yet.” In fact, the World Health Organization warned on Monday that “the worst is yet to come,” referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
Six months after the appearance of the new corona virus, the number of deaths has exceeded 500,000 and the number of confirmed infections has exceeded 10 million. Several states set records here in the United States this week, including where I live here in California, as well as Florida and Texas. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, described the coming weeks as a “control criticism” of the spread during a June 23 hearing before the Energy and Trade Committee from the room.
Baby boomers need to be careful. While information about COVID-19 is constantly evolving, one thing has not changed. Seniors are at high risk of serious illness and death from coronavirus. Note: According to the CDC, eight in ten COVID-19-related deaths in the United States have occurred in adults aged 65 and older.
With that in mind, you should consider some of the latest CDC updates for seniors:
- If you are under 65 and think you are not in the forest, think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended their warning to those most at risk for COVID-19 in June and lowered the age-specific threshold of 65 for increased risk in adults. Simply put, the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases with age. While people over 85 are most at risk, people in their 50s are generally more at risk for serious illness than people in their 40s. And people in their 60s or 60s are at greater risk of serious illness than people in their 50s.
- The CDC has updated its official list of COVID-19 symptoms. The warning signs of the disease are: fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing; tired; Muscle or body pain; A headache; further loss of taste or odor; Throat irritated; Constipation or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea. Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include: difficulty breathing; persistent pain or chest pressure; new confusion; Inability to wake up or stay awake; and bluish lips or face. Note that in older adults (65 and over), normal body temperature may be lower than that of younger adults. For this reason, fever temperatures in the elderly may also be lower, which means they may be less noticeable.
- The CDC has also elucidated the underlying conditions most commonly associated with hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. On the expanded list: chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obesity (BMI 30 or higher), weakened immune system, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell anemia, and heart disease such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies. Until now, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease have been the three most important basic illnesses in coronavirus patients.
- In view of the increased rate of infection, we are talking about masks. You’ve got some cool leaf masks these days, but which ones offer the best protection? One of the most important features you need is multiple layers of fabric which are better than one. Richard Wenzel, M.D., infectious disease epidemiologist and professor emeritus of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. States in an article for consumer reports. The Mayo Clinic agrees that “fabric masks should contain multiple layers of fabric.” Thicker, denser fabrics generally do a better job than thinner, loosely woven fabrics. For example, tightly woven flannel pajamas might be a good option, Wenzel adds. If you are considering buying a mask online, make sure it is made of tight woven fabric and that it is tight, completely covers your mouth and nose and wraps around your chin like an anchor.
- Staying healthy is always important, especially during this pandemic. The CDC recommends that seniors get the flu and pneumonia, eat a healthy diet, stay active, avoid excess alcohol and get enough sleep.