The COVID-19 pandemic has been ravaging the whole world. Many people have been infected, and some even died. The older population is at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. If they contract it, survival rates are very low since they have weakened immunity. In the USA, 80% of COVID-19 related deaths are of persons above the age of 65. To stop these numbers, health agencies are advising children against visiting aging parents. Many people have thus moved to use social media to engage with parents.
With vaccination programs now in top gear, one wonders if time is ripe to resume visiting. There are several factors one should consider when thinking about visiting aging parents post-vaccination. First, vaccination is never 100% perfect. Although vaccines such as Pfizer are around 90% effective, one could be in the 10% unlucky cohort. Moreover, according to a study by the FDA, these vaccines are less effective for persons above 65. Also, new variants of the virus are starting to develop in different parts of the world. The latest UK, Brazil, and South Africa Variants are particularly worrying health experts. There is not much information regarding the new Coronavirus’ variants. Research on these variants is still a work in progress. Visiting an aging parent amid these new variants can thus be a considerable risk.
The place where your parent stays should also be a significant influence. If a parent lives in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, extra caution is advised. Visiting will put the entire population of aging parents in the facility at risk. In such circumstances, only visit if you are vaccinated. If the parent is living independently, visit cautiously. Only pay a visit two weeks after they have received their second vaccination dose. During the visit, don’t compromise on the COVID-19 regulations. Don’t kiss and hug. Always wear a mask. Finally, the distance you will have to travel should also influence one’s decision. If a parent lives in a distant place, consider not to visit. Too much traveling increases the risk of contracting the deadly virus. In a nutshell, don’t rush when deciding on visiting aging parents. Take your time and think about the amount of risk involved.