What is the coronavirus and what can you do to keep mom or dad safe? We want to spread awareness about the coronavirus, so you can take safety precautions to protect your senior loved ones.
Research shows that there are two novel coronaviruses SARS and MERS. SARS-CoV (causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS) which was identified in 2002 in China. There is also MERS-CoV (causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS) and was reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.
There are different ways that the virus can be spread. Most likely to be spread through an infected person to others
- Touching any surfaces with germs on it, then touching your eyes, mouth or nose
- Rarely, fecal contamination
- Shaking hands or touching
- Through the air (coughing or sneezing)
Research states that the time between being exposed and symptoms is usually around 5 or 6 days, but can range from 2-14 days. The MERS-CoV infection have had severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea and nausea, or vomiting is a possibility.
There are currently no vaccines to prevent the coronavirus. Although there are ways to prevent this infection which includes
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue
- Washing hands with soap and water
- Avoiding personal contact with sick people
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes without washing hands first
- Disinfecting objects such as door knobs and toys in your household
We understand how important it is to protect yourself and your senior loved one. Learning about the symptoms and prevention can help you keep your senior safe.