COVID-19 puts seasoned citizens at risk.
Are you considered a senior?
Perhaps your parents are in this age group.
Either way, you should be particularly cautious in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many businesses have already taken action with their own precautions.
According to a recent MarketWatch article titled “America’s growing elderly population is at risk — here’s what we can learn from Italy,” there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Carriers may not develop symptoms of the illness.
This means they could unknowingly expose others to the virus.
Some people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others.
Seniors, those with heart and lung diseases, and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable.
The virus is on the move.
COVID-19 started in China and has since spread abroad.
Italy has experienced a higher number of cases.
Of those who have died in Italy, the average age is 81.
In China, the death rate for those age 80 or older was 15 percent.
Those between age 70 and 79 had a death rate of 8 percent.
In contrast, those in their 20s or 30s had a death rate from the virus of 0.2 percent.
As you can see, COVID-19 poses a greater risk for our senior loved ones.
At this time nearly 14.5 percent of Americans are age 65 or older.
How can you protect yourself and those you love?
Avoid other people.
The government has already closed schools, restaurants, and sporting events.
The CDC recommends that everyone stay indoors and stock up on essential food and medications.
The elderly or those who work or live with seniors must be especially careful.
The CDC also recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, not touching your face, and using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap is unavailable.
By following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself and the seniors in your life from COVID-19.
Reference: MarketWatch (March 16, 2020) “America’s growing elderly population is at risk — here’s what we can learn from Italy”