Prevention and Control for the Elderly

(The Fight Against COVID-19)

Updated:2020-04-26 |

Prevention and Control for the Elderly

The elderly with weak immune function are susceptible and high-risk groups of infectious diseases, and they are the majority of the severe and critical cases among the COVID-19 patients. 

On January 28, the NHC issued a notice on epidemic prevention and control among the elderly, requiring effective measures to reduce the infection rate, severe cases and deaths. The Office of the National Working Committee on Aging published a letter calling for the senior citizens to take scientific measures against the disease and not to panic; reduce outdoor activities and have personal protection; balance nutrition and ensure food hygiene; exercise moderately; and take protective tips.

According to the Prevention and Control Protocol for Novel Coronavirus (1st Edition), the main prevention and control measures for the elderly included: 

* Learn necessary personal protective ways against the disease, keep hands clean, and maintain hygiene and health habits; 

* Avoid sharing personal items, keep ventilation, and take disinfection measures; 

* Wash hand frequently; 

* Take self-quarantine and avoid close contact with others in case of suspicious symptoms, and ask the medical staff assess their health status and send them to medical institution for treatment depending on the condition; 

* Wear surgical masks and avoid taking public transportation when going to hospital; 

* Anyone who has taken no effective protection when having close contact with someone with suspicious symptoms should be registered immediately and put under medical observation; 

* Reduce unnecessary gatherings, dinner parties and other group activities, and avoid collective dining. 

If the elderly with suspicious symptoms are diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, their close contacts need to receive 14 days of medical observation. After the patient leave (such as hospitalization and death), the residence must be disinfected in time.