COVID-19 & Older Adults: Tips for Staying Inside
Stay-at-home orders are being implemented nationwide.
With information rapidly evolving regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, it may be overwhelming to keep up with constantly changing local, state, and federal recommendations. But one thing is certain, everyone, especially older adults, should shelter-in-place and avoid going out whenever possible. So, staying home can be difficult when you find yourself running low on groceries or medication, but using these tips can help you remain home and healthy.
Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19
Adults over the age of 65, and those with compromised immune systems, are more at risk for severe illness as a result of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it is important to utilize services when possible to avoid leaving the house. Luckily, these days many places can deliver straight to your door and almost everyone is familiar with Amazon. But, even local grocery stores can deliver fresh meat and produce to your home. For people who prefer store pick up, many big chains such as Walmart also have a pick-up service were either through the website or app, you can add items to your cart and choose a pick-up time to be at the store to receive your order.
Take out food
Many states have also shut down restaurants for in-house dining. However, where possible, restaurants have increased their capacity for to-go orders, and many are also offering delivery. Services like Doordash and Grubhub will also deliver food straight to your home. Some places have even started doing no-contact dropoffs where they leave food at your door and give you a call to let you know they dropped it off. It is best to call ahead to your local restaurants to ask their policy on deliveries.
Getting medicine delivered can be just as easy as ordering anything else. Many pharmacies now offer next-day delivery of medicine to your home. Especially with the high risk of sick people at hospitals and pharmacies, this is a great option to skip the hassle altogether. As long as you have your prescription, you can easily order your medication online or over the phone and have it dropped off in your mailbox.
Even many doctor’s appointments can be taken care of at home. Either through a telephone call or a video chat, people can speak to their doctors and go over symptoms and care. Utilizing this at-home care helps both to relieve congestion at hospitals and to keep those people most at risk for severe illness at home and away from danger.
The World of COVID-19 - Thank you, innovation
No one likes being forced to stay at home, but doing so helps prevent the further spread of COVID-19. And, with today’s innovations, it is easy to get almost anything you might need without ever leaving the house.
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