What you need to know about coronavirus and the elderly

Anybody can catch coronavirus but older people and those with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, are more likely to develop severe symptoms. So, the carers at Primrose Lodge Weymouth have put together this helpful guide to ensure you know how you can help stop yourself from getting and spreading the virus.

The symptoms of coronavirus 

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those you get from a cold and flu so even if you exhibit them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have it. However, if you think you have coronavirus call 111 as soon as you can and follow the advice you are given.

The symptoms include: 

  • A cough 
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath 

At the moment, patients are only tested for the virus if there’s a high chance they actually have it. This includes if the person has had close contact with someone who has travelled to an area with a high infection rate or they have visited there themselves. 

How you can avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • If soap and water isn’t available, use a hand sanitiser gel
  • When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve
  • Put tissues into the bin as soon as you can and wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are not well 
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean 

What are the treatments for coronavirus?

At the moment, there is no cure or specific treatment for coronavirus but there are ways to relieve the symptoms while you’re fighting off the illness. Antibiotics do not work as they are ineffective against viruses, so if you have the virus or are advised to self-isolate, you need to make sure you keep away from people until you have fully recovered.

The fully trained staff at Primrose Lodge Weymouth are staying up to date with all government advice to ensure our residents are safe, happy and healthy. To find out more about our Weymouth care home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01305 786568