All the data till now has shown that elderly people are the most vulnerable age group when it comes to getting infected from coronavirus. And at their age regular check-ups are also very important. Another problem is that taking your parents to a hospital is also not that safe amid the coronavirus threat. Then what to do?
Don’t worry because technology is here to help you. Why don’t you try teleconsultation instead?
Yes friends, teleconsultation is one of the best ways you can keep your parents away from hospitals and covid-19 as well.
The government has issued a health advisory for the elderly population during the Covid-19 pandemic which includes advising them not to go for routine checkups to hospital.
“Do not go to the hospital for a routine checkup or follow up. As far as possible, make teleconsultation with your healthcare provider,” says the government advisory.
It has also advised the elderly to postpone elective surgeries like cataract surgery or total knee replacement.
Due to the lockdown teleconsultation is the way to go
Globally, covid-19 has impacted several lives and is steadily increasing its reach. While the Indian Government has taken stringent actions to contain the spread of Covid-19, including nation-wide lockdown, it is also critical to follow the protocols and take necessary measures and precautions to break the chain of transmission of the disease.
The government has noted that the elderly people are at a higher risk of Covid-19 infection due to their decreased immunity and body reserves, as well as multiple associated co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, the course of disease tends to be more severe in the case of elderlies resulting in higher mortality.
Proper and healthy meals is a must for elderly
Among the Do’s prescribed for the elderly is to ensure proper nutrition through home-cooked fresh hot meals, hydrate frequently, and take fresh juices to boost immunity.
The advisory includes exercise and meditation and taking daily prescribed medicines regularly. Elders have also been advised to talk to family members, relatives, friends via call or video conferencing and take help from family members if needed.
The advisory includes cleaning the frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly. “Monitor your health. If you develop fever, cough and/or breathing difficulty immediately contact the nearest health care facility and follow the medical advice rendered,” the advisory adds.
So, put the internet and the technology to the best of its use. Stay at home with your parents and take care of their health using teleconsultation.