Visiting a Senior Family Member During the Pandemic
June 2, 2021 | By Louise Savoie
Staying away from senior parents and grandparents has been one of the most difficult aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for children and younger adults. As confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe health complications due to COVID-19 are known to be more common in seniors.
Since the weather is warmer now and COVID-19 vaccines are available, however, it may be tempting to plan a trip to see your senior loved ones. Here are a few important things to think about before you do, though:
- Examine yourself to see if you are infected. Consider your health and any COVID-19-related symptoms you may have experienced in the last two weeks. Otherwise, get yourself tested.
- Put on a face mask.At the very least, you and your loved ones should always wear masks even when you are at home.
- Keep your visits short and sweet. If you are carrying a virus, the more likely you are to pass it on to others if you are together for too long, especially in an enclosed space. If there is a need for an extended stay, make sure you stay at least six feet apart from each other.
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