The Coronavirus is known to have more serious effects on elderly people, making the elderly – anyone over the age of 65- a high-risk patient.
The virus may not always have such a severe effect on elderly people, but it is still important for the elderly to take extra precautions to avoid catching the virus.
The government advised anyone aged 70 or above to go into self-isolation for a 12 week period, in early February as a precautious, yet vital measure to ensure the elderly are protected from catching the virus.
The government advised that all non-essential contact with others should be suspended and only essential travel is allowed. See here.
This particularly worrying for elderly people who rely on family and carers to help them with everyday tasks such as shopping or simply company.
Can you visit people in their own homes?
Yes, as of now you are allowed to visit elderly relatives, but strict measures should be followed.
You must stay two meters apart from each other, and you cannot touch them, including kissing, hugging and religiously using hand hygiene practices. What are the hygiene practices?
The hand-washing instructions given by the NHS are particularly fundamental should you visit an elderly person.
What are the hygiene practices?
Washing your hands frequently is a specific direction given by the NHS. This is so important as it means that the virus can be killed before it is spread.
The way to correctly wash your hands is to use soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds making sure to pay attention to each section of the hand.
Carrying hand sanitiser is also advised as it means you can clean your hands outside of the home reducing the risk of infection.
Hunter Medical provides hand sanitisers that are particularly effective in killing such viruses on the hand so that they cannot be spread.
It is advised that you avoid visiting elderly people whether at their home or if they are in a care home this is again to reduce the chances of them catching the virus and suffering the serious consequences.
What about care homes?
While in some unique cases, people can visit care homes the same guidelines are recommended, with an emphasis that any unnecessary visitations hinder the progress in eradicating the virus.
Care homes are doing everything the can to ensure that their residents are safe.
The government has only set guidelines, they are not legally enforced. This means that care homes may set up their own rules and regulations in order to fight the growth of the virus.
The best thing to do in this case is to talk to the care home with any questions about visitation or the person you are worried about.