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5 steps to keep elders safe from Covid-19


The Department of Disease Control has advised elderly people to stay safe from the new wave of Covid-19 by following five simple steps.

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“Elders have the highest risk of contracting Covid-19, therefore family members should keep an eye out for their health and follow these five simple steps,” department director-general Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said on Tuesday.

1. Avoid leaving the house unnecessarily.

2. Wear a sanitary or cloth face mask whenever you have to go out, or when visited by others.

3. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol hand sanitiser gel regularly.

4. Separate meals and personal items for elders to reduce the risk of the virus spreading within the family.

5. Take a shower and wash your hair immediately after coming back from outside.

“Moreover, if a family member has travelled to a high risk or crowded area, make sure to stay at least 1-2 metres away from him or her,” Dr Opas said.

“Elders who have chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung diseases or liver diseases should stay home until the situation improves,” he strongly advised.

“Try engaging in domestic hobbies to avoid boredom, such as gardening or light exercise, which will also improve the body’s immune system,” he added.

For more information, contact Department of Disease Control hotline 1422.

5 steps to keep elders safe from Covid-19

Published : January 20, 2021

By : THE NATION