The coronavirus seems to be affecting older adults much worse than their younger counterparts. Many of the older patients who have contracted the virus have died shortly after. This information isn’t a good sign to us retirees. Nursing homes and assisted living communities appear to be at most risk. As per the recent CDC updates (click here for the info) older adults are being advised as follows:
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:
- As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.
- Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
It took DH and I a few days to get our act together. We probably shopped for supplies three days in a row. Hubby had to make sure he had enough of his meds on hand. At one point he actually had to walk into the pharmacy, which in hindsight, probably wasn’t a good idea. It would have been better to call the pharmacist and make arrangements to have his meds mailed to him. Sick people are inside pharmacy stores. DH has monitored heart ailments. It might be prudent for him and others to keep out of these stores for now, if you can.
I myself have a weakened immune system and if anyone recalls, two years back I had serious respiratory problems. UGH. Many of the elderly adults who are dying from this virus were in their 70’s (click here for an example). As a 69 year old woman myself, I’m worried. Wouldn’t that be some kick in the head to have prepared all your life for retirement only to contract some virus and just die? DOUBLE UGH.
This should be a good reminder to us all to enjoy our lives each and every day. We can plan and plan BUT all we know for certain is that we have today. We have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring. Or if it brings anything at all. Keep in contact with your family, friends and neighbors. If you’ve been at odds with someone lately, let it go. This is a time for forgiveness and as I have been saying, kindness. Lets put everything into perspective. It may not be long before all we will be consumed about is survival, staying healthy and alive and being strong enough to get through yet another one of life’s obstacles.
Every time I turn on the TV the news gets worse and worse and worse. Have you seen the images of Milan, Italy yet? (click here for more info) The shelves are bare. There is no food. The streets are empty. All public events, such as soccer games and concerts have been cancelled. Italy is not as wealthy as America is. Sure they have a great health system, but almost all of their businesses are closed and bordered up. What happens to an economy when shuttered? All my relatives on my father’s side, live in Italy. When we visit them, we fly into Milan since they all live in northern Italy. We’re staying in touch through Facebook. I have no doubt that America will look like Italy soon enough unless this virus is contained.