Mr. Free Spirit has been busy living the fantastic retired life. However, this Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made him spring into action.
If you are retired or getting ready to retire be prepared to stay aware of world events. It’s not necessary to panic but, it is necessary to be aware. Panic and watching the news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly will cause mental stress. However, you must stay vigilant. I am NOT an authority as to what affect you either will have physically or mentally but being retired affords me the time to research. We are going into a social normal era; fear will enter your judgement concerning your next move.
Just think I have a new house and a new car, but if I knew Coronavirus (COVID-19) was coming and making the stock market tank and affect the interest rate, I would have waited. What or how will Coronavirus (COVID-19) affect you? read below:
What can older/retired adults do to reduce their risk of illness?
Older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung ailments, are more likely than younger, healthier people to experience serious symptoms from the illness caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In the U.S., that means more than 105 million Americans are at increased risk for complications if infected due to age or comorbidities, an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
Risk of death from the Coronavirus also is higher in older adults, starting at age 60,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued specific guidance for older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions. Here’s what the agency recommends:
Avoid crowds, rethink daily activities
A 15-day plan to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S. It’s centered on individuals avoiding groups of more than 10 people — a move that doubles down on previous recommendations that Americans need to distance themselves from one another.
Many states, cities and communities are taking social distancing recommendations seriously by temporarily shuttering bars and restaurants, closing schools and setting limits on the number of people who can gather in one place. Some areas of the U.S. are under shelter-in-place orders to keep crowds from spreading COVID-19.
The CDC also has advised that nursing homes and long-term care facilities ban outside visitors, guidance that comes as a long-term care facility in Washington battles a COVID-19 outbreak that has resulted in multiple deaths.
Limiting contact with others is one way to slow the spread of the epidemic and protect high-risk populations from infection. Public health experts also are advising that people wash their hands often and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Stock up on supplies
Older Americans and adults who routinely take medications should make sure they have “adequate supplies” on hand, enough to last two weeks to a month.
It’s also important to stock up on over-the-counter medications to treat fever, cough and other symptoms, as well as tissues and common medical supplies.
Major health insurers have pledged to relax prescription refill limits on “maintenance medications” in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Prescription refill limits are also being waived for many Medicare Advantage and Part D beneficiaries.
If you run into difficulty stocking up on your prescriptions at the pharmacy, consider refilling your medications with a mail-order service, the CDC says. You can also ask your physician to switch your prescription from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply to make sure you have enough medication to get through a potential COVID-19 outbreak in your community.
And make sure you have enough food in the house in case you have to stay home for an extended period.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said Americans “should be prepared that they’re going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.”
What’s the best way to protect myself?
Limit exposure. That’s the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home as much as you can and minimizing contact with others, especially crowds. Avoid all nonessential travel and consider meal pickup and delivery options as an alternative to dining out.
Health officials also advise taking everyday steps that can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and water (scrub for at least 20 seconds) and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not an option. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
Some other advice: Stay home when you are sick, keep a distance of at least six feet between you and others, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What about travel?
The CDC advises against all nonessential travel, domestic or foreign, and has issued a strong warning against cruise travel during the pandemic.
The government has banned travelers from more than 30 countries to the U.S., including Ireland and the United Kingdom. Several countries around the world are doing the same to slow the spread of the virus. The U.S.-Canada border also is closed for nonessential travel.
. How is the Coronavirus spreading?
Much of what experts know is based on what is known about similar Coronaviruses. When person-to-person transmission occurred with Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes from an infected person were the likely culprit, according to the CDC. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, “but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” the CDC says.
Health officials are still working to better understand how easily the virus is spread from person to person. It may be possible for an infected person to spread the virus before exhibiting symptoms. However, people are thought to be most contagious when they are sick with the symptoms of the virus, the CDC says.