Coronavirus is one of the most infectious viruses of our generation. This disease has taken the form of a pandemic in a matter of weeks and since has grown into a worldwide issue. Without a known cure or vaccine our focus is shifting to prevention until a remedy can be found.
People of any age group, suffering from any underlying disorder; are more susceptible to COVID-19. The Texas Medical Association has issued guidelines ranking the risk factor of all the activities in 5 categories:
- Receiving and opening your mail
- Pick up a to-go order
- Refilling gasoline
- Sports that require two people or can be played from distance without any direct contact
- Going camping
Low Moderate Risk Activities
- Shopping for essentials items
- Going for a walk, run, or bike ride
- Limiting your hotel stay to two days
- Going to see your primary physician
- Visiting a library
- Walking along a busy sidewalk
- Taking family out to a playground
Moderate Risk Activities
- Day at the beach
- Visiting a shopping mall
- Social events
- Swimming in a public pool
- Taking children to schools, private classes, or daycare
- Visiting nursing homes and older members of family
Moderate High-Risk Activities
- Getting a haircut
- Visiting dine-in restaurants
- Utilizing public transport
- Attending a wedding
- Sports that do not fall under social distancing guidelines
- Physical contact
- Sharing food
- Going to the gym
- Visiting a park
- Attending any kind of march with more than 500 people
- Visiting a sports stadium
- Drinking in a bar
These are a few factors that you should always keep in mind before participating in an activity.
Risk factors and Precautions Based on Underlying Diseases
According to medical professionals, people suffering from some underlying disease are more prone than others. These diseases include – asthma, diabetes, kidney problems, heart disease, cancer, dementia, etc. Pregnant women should also take extra precautions.
If you are suffering from any form of asthma, you are more likely to suffer complications from COVID-19. Keep these things in mind:
- Take extra precautions to avoid asthma attacks
- Always have extra inhalers on standby
- Follow medication instructions and refill them regularly
- Contact your physician with any difficulty breathing
- Regularly visit your primary care provider
- Avoid dust and sprays
- Use breathable face masks
- Avoid food and drinks that may trigger attacks
If your medical history includes cancer, you should take steps to isolate yourself. Your body has low immunity as compared to others. The pathogens could easily get into your body and do more damage.
- Talk to your doctor or physician
- Avoid changing treatment schedules and follow medication instructions
- If experiencing discomfort contact emergency care centers ASAP
- Self-isolate and avoid low, moderate, or high risk activities.
Stay in extensive care if suffering from any type of kidney disease
- Maintain a healthy diet and intake of necessary medications
- Take note of medications in need of a refill
- Keep your primary care physician(PCP) informed of any changes
- If you undergo dialysis on a regular basis, always update your PCP
- Do not miss dialysis sessions
- Follow KCER 3 Day Emergency Diet Plan
Cardiovascular Disease or Heart disease
COVID-19 pathogens damage the lungs and cause shortness of breath and other heart-related problems. If you are suffering from CVD, you are at the highest risk for COVID related complications.
- Maintain social distancing
- Follow your diet and medication routine
- Keep up with your ACE-I or ARB as prescribed by your PCP
- Keep your health care provider regularly updated on your condition
- Seek emergency care if experiencing any discomfort
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose and/or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat.
Diabetes effects can include kidneys, eyes, nerves, and blood vessels. So, it is very essential for diabetic patients to stay protected in this pandemic.
- Routinely follow medication and insulin injections
- Regularly check your blood sugar levels and keep your health care provider updated
- Strictly follow your diet and avoid food that has high sugar content
- If you feel any sort of discomfort contact 9-1-1 ASAP
General Precautions for Going Outdoors
It is not possible to stay indoors all the time. So, stay protected by wearing a mask while you go outdoors for any work or grocery shopping.
Here are a few things that are necessary to follow if you visiting busy places:
- Always use protective gear, such as masks, gloves, and face guards
- Frequently wash or sanitize your hands
- Avoid touching your face and nose
- Sanitize everything you purchase from the store
- Avoid roadside vendors
- Make sure to maintain social distance standards
- Avoid public gatherings
- Limit outdoor activities for children, pregnant woman, and senior citizens
- Avoid social gatherings
- Add more fruits, vegetables, and fluids to your daily diet.
- Maintain personal hygiene
The coronavirus is highly infectious and its transmission is rapid. So, sanitize your hands while out of the house. Consume fluids and fruits that help boost immunity.
Undoubtedly, our lives have become complicated, but if we keep these basic risk factors in mind. It will be safe for us to maintain an active lifestyle during this pandemic.
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