According to studies, the number of Omicron cases is rising, exposing millions of elderly, including fully vaccinated ones, to outbreak illnesses.
A novel variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, 2021, first discovered in specimens taken in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and in South Africa on November 14, 2021.
It was named Omicron by WHO and designated as Variant of Concern by the US. The first confirmed case of Omicron in the US was discovered on December 1, 2021.
As a similar wave of fear sweeps the country, it’s critical to protect yourself from being infected. We’ve compiled a list of Omicron safety tips for seniors and family caregivers. Take a look!
Keep up with Social Distancing
This one goes without saying! With the emergence of Omicron, social distancing remains as vital as it did during the COVID-19 outbreak. Social distancing is an essential defense in deterring the spread of infection.
Seniors over the age of 65 and anyone with a compromised immune system should be cautious about attending large social gatherings or events where an active Omicron outbreak has happened or is feared to have taken place. As a precautionary measure, seniors should wear face masks if they must join public gatherings and visit public places like grocery stores, hospitals, and parks.
Opt for In-home Care Services
COVID-19 brought about a surge in in-home care services. Many seniors sought caregiver support from the comfort of their home amidst the virus fear. With the onset of Omicron, seniors should consider staying at home and receiving the care they require with the support of caregivers and home care providers.
There are several options available that take high precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Family members can arrange for a safe home care alternative for the elderly in the family.
Get your Vaccination and Booster Shots
Although the WHO is working on identifying the impact of the vaccine on the variant, vaccination is still advised as it remains effective in preventing serious diseases. Seniors and caregivers must get their vaccination done to decrease their chances of catching the virus.
According to preliminary laboratory findings, three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine neutralized the Omicron variation (B.1.1.529 lineage), but two doses had much lower neutralization titers. Additionally, titers after the booster dose are equivalent to those reported after two doses of the wild-type virus, which are linked to significant levels of protection.
Focus on Improving your Immunity
Your immunity will be your greatest defense against diseases and viruses. Protect and strengthen your immunity by:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating wholesome and fermented foods
- Getting equal portions of proteins, fibers, and carbs
- Limit sugar intake
- Minimize stress and burden
- Stay hydrated
- Add Vitamin A, B, C, D to your diet
Get Regular Exercise
The best natural medicine for your body is regular exercise. Walking a few steps every day, doing yoga or exercise can help your body stay fit and immune to diseases. To make it easy, seniors and caregivers can perform activities like exercising and walking together; this will keep both parties motivated to take time out for physical well-being.
Muscle movement can enhance blood flow and lymphatic drainage so that the waste products of metabolism through excretion, improve blood circulation in many parts. Exercise also enhances organ efficiency and functionality.
Make your health and well-being a priority as the Omicron virus spread increases. Follow these helpful tips regularly and stay safe!
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