How do the elderly and background diseases cope with Covid-19?

People over 50 years old, especially over 65 years old and people with underlying medical conditions, should pay attention to protection to limit the risk of Covid-19, reduce the possibility of severe disease progression and death.

The Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City (CDC) encourages people in at-risk groups to regularly wear masks even at home. Wash your hands often and only leave the house when absolutely necessary. When leaving the house, you must wear a mask properly, keep a safe contact distance from others, and avoid crowded places. This group should be vaccinated.

If possible, the elderly should stay in a separate room, arrange a separate living area more than two meters away from the common area. Maintain a home exercise regimen for about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Can shorten the training sessions to 10-15 with weaker health. Do not exercise when chest pain, uncontrolled hypertension, dizziness, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, infection with fever, swelling, joint pain…

Eat well, eat a variety of foods, eat cooked and drink boiling. If you do not eat enough, are thin or lose weight, you should drink 1-2 more cups of nutritional milk per day. You can use spices, foods containing substances that help increase immunity such as garlic, turmeric, lemongrass, mushrooms, seaweed, green tea, yogurt…

Background patients take control drugs as prescribed by the doctor, do not arbitrarily quit, change drugs or increase or decrease the dose. For early detection of Covid-19, it is necessary to monitor health daily. If you have suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, sore throat, runny nose, runny nose, stuffy nose, body aches, muscle pain, loss of taste, loss of smell… go to a medical facility immediately. or self-test for Covid-19.

If there is a positive test result, immediately notify the health station where you live so that you can monitor and dispense antiretroviral drugs (package C) and antipyretic and health support drugs (drug pack A), anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant (package B) for F0. Adhere to treatment indications as directed by medical staff.

F0 immediately uses the drug package C when it is dispensed. Package B is only used when prescribed by a doctor. If you are isolated and treated at home, you need to monitor your health daily and report to the local health department. Enhance your health with proper nutrition and mental comfort. Continue to treat the underlying disease if any as prescribed by the doctor.

Relatives and caregivers of at-risk groups need to wash their hands often, wear masks, keep a distance, limit gatherings, and get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn. Wear a mask when caring for, in contact with people in risk groups, washing hands with clean water and soap or hand sanitizer before and after providing care. When having symptoms of suspected Covid-19, immediately report it to the local health department for instructions on isolation, testing and treatment.

Elderly people give injections on a mobile vaccination vehicle in Go Vap district, August 14. Photo: Quynh Tran

The number of severe cases and deaths due to Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City has increased in recent months, most of the deaths are concentrated in the group of people over 50 years old, have underlying diseases, have not been vaccinated, have not used antiretroviral drugs. . The city is implementing a campaign to strengthen the protection and health care of people in at-risk groups by rapid antigen testing of all family members who are over 50 years old, have underlying diseases; inject the 3rd dose vaccine, make a list for timely care and treatment if infected with Covid-19.

Le Phuong


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