Coronavirus! Now there’s a word none of us knew until recently, let alone pronounce or even spell. But there it is … a household word and it’s all the news is talking about. I thought I would point out some important things happening with regard to senior citizens and coronavirus.
First of all we should know that it’s been said the coronavirus is more dangerous for those over 65 and more so if that person has a debilitating disease, especially of the respiratory nature. This higher risk factor is why there have been so many steps put in place for that age bracket.
My mother, who is over 65, also has asthma, so my brother and I told her that, for the time being, we want her to merely make us a list and we will go to the store for her. This way, she is out of harm’s way.
STORES INTRODUCE SENIOR-ONLY TIME However, not all of us have that option and would also like to continue to shop for ourselves. Stores in the Central Florida area, such as Dollar General, Target, Whole Foods Market, Fresh Market and Sedano’s have dedicated times that are senior specific.
Dollar General has a wider window than some. It has designated the first hour of each day to senior shoppers only.
Target has designated the first hour of each Wednesday for elderly and vulnerable shoppers.
Fresh Market has designated the first store hours from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, for “seniors and those most at risk.”
Sedano’s Supermarket will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors 65 and older and the “immune-compromised members of our communities.”
Whole Foods Market will let customers 60 and older shop for one hour before opening to the public. In Central Florida, they open regularly 8 a.m.
Though most retailers are not checking identification for proof of age, the expectation is for a courtesy approach by asking other shoppers to plan around these windows of opportunity for their elderly and vulnerable shoppers.
CORONAVIRUS SAFETY TIPS FOR SENIORS Though there are many places to find information on safety advice for seniors, I felt it would be good to share this with you. Here is a link to an information sheet you can download. It has been put together by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with the help of Drs. Carla Perissinotto and Samir Sinha, both geriatricians: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/03/health/coronavirus-tipsheets/older-adults/
IN A NUTSHELL: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND SAFETY FOR THE ELDERLY
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following: * Stock up on supplies. * Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others. * When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often. * Avoid crowds as much as possible. * Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
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