COVID-19 has affected everyone. However, despite being everyone vulnerable to its highly contagious nature and possible fatal outcome, some people are at higher risk.
Because of underlying health conditions and advanced age, the elderly are at higher risk of serious complications. And since many elderly people reside in nursing homes to receive care for these health conditions, this also increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. Here’s how nursing home professionals can protect themselves from COVID-19.
Wear Protective Gear
The best way to protect against COVID is by wearing PPE. PPE is essentially masks, eyewear, and gloves. The mask helps protect people from breathing the airborne particles that others can give off. While COVID-19 isn’t exactly an airborne illness, people can spread the infection by sneezing, coughing, and talking.
Gloves can also help prevent the virus from making contact with someone’s skin. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that COVID-19 mainly spreads through touch. So, refrain from any kind of face touching.
Stay Away From Potential Carriers
Having a slight cough or sneeze doesn’t necessarily mean they’re infected with COVID-19. However, when it comes to places with tight quarters, like a nursing home, even slight coughs and sneezes can spread COVID. If a resident seems ill, or only has a mild cough, make sure to report it to the appropriate parties.
Make Visits Short and Simple
This might be the hardest thing for a nursing home staff to do, but they’ll have to make any visits as short as possible. Waste no time in doing what needs to be done. While not being able to fully interact with the residents may be difficult, it’s the best course of action for everyone.
COVID-19 has shown numerous times to thrive in enclosed areas because it’s easier to spread. Remaining at least six feet apart, as per the guidelines set by the CDC, is crucial when in an area like a nursing home.
Sadly, COVID-19 has made treating people with other medical conditions much harder than it has to be. A nursing home is filled with patients needing ongoing medical care, so it’s important to stay as safe as possible. However, until a vaccine is made, all nursing home staff members need to adapt to the changes.