Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Our Community
As the spread of Coronavirus continues to be a main concern throughout the world it is important to stay informed and do our part to in respond this emerging public health threat. As we are bombarded daily on TV and social media with information about the Coronavirus, it is important that we obtain information from trustworthy sources. As a home health agency, we rely on organizations such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and World Health Organization, (WHO). These websites will provide the most up to date information in regards to COVID19 prevention, management, and status of the virus.
Senior communities such as Treemont Retirement Community are an area of focus due to the age demographics in these communities. Treemont has the unique opportunity to partner with Senior Allegiance Home Health agency that has become a great resource and partner in responding to COVID19, along with Treemont Health Care Center.
The recent identification of the COVID19 variant, Omicron, has caused an increase of positive case throughout Houston and the world. According to the CDC, the Omicron variant is likely to spread more easily than the original strand of SARS-CoV-2. Vaccination continues to be one of the best ways to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and deaths due to infection. The emergence of COVID19 variants continues to highlight the importance of vaccination and boosters. To prevent infection, we continue to recommend the following:
1. Get Vaccinated
a. 2 dose vaccination (Pfizer and Moderna), and 1 vaccination dose (Johnson&Johnson) are all authorized
COVD-19 vaccines to help protect against infection.
b. If eligible, get a booster vaccine.
2. Wear a Mask
a. Make sure it covers both nose and mouth
b. Some locations mandate the use of mask, while others do not require it if a person is fully vaccinated.
c. For optimum protection, continue to wear mask even after being fully vaccinated
3. Maintain a distance of 6 feet away from others
4. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
5. Obtain a test if you are sick or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive. You may call Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519 to assist with testing.
6. Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap or water are not available.
7. Clean and disinfect areas that are regularly touched
For more Information, call Karina Walker, Director of Nursing, Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519