Coronavirus: What Immunocompromised People Need to Know
Coronavirus: What the Immunocompromised People Need to Know
The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire across the globe in a pandemic that is claiming thousands of lives every day. Medical professionals are strongly recommending social isolation and enhanced hygiene practices to “flatten the curve” or to stop the disease from spreading further.
As we all know by now, the new virus causes serious respiratory illness. Those who get infected experience symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, headache, fever, and shortness of breath. They transmit the virus through droplets of saliva and nasal discharges, which are released when they sneeze or cough.
Unfortunately, if the elderly and other immunocompromised individuals become infected with this disease, they are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening complications. If you’re not exactly sure what being “immunocompromised” means or are worried about how you can best protect yourself if you belong to this group, we have pulled together everything you need to know.
Advice on Coronavirus for Those with Compromised Immune System
When a person is immunocompromised, their ability to fight infections is significantly reduced. Certain pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, AIDS, asthma, autoimmune disorders, genetic disorders, neurological disorders, malnutrition, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, can weaken the immune system.
You can tell if you’re immunocompromised when you have any of the chronic conditions mentioned above and experiencing frequent and recurring infections that include pneumonia, bronchitis, digestive issues, blood disorders, as well as delayed growth and development.
In the meantime, check out the necessary precautions you need to take to protect yourself from contracting the virus.
- Stay at home!
Since there’s no vaccine yet for COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid any type of exposure to the coronavirus. As much as possible, you need to stay at home and avoid crowds. Furthermore, your nonessential work and travels, as well as other planned events, would have to be put on hold.
- Stock up on supplies!
To avoid frequent trips to the grocery or supermarket, you’ll need to stock up on essential supplies, including non-perishable groceries, household supplies, and medication. Consider asking a family member or a friend to purchase them for you so you won’t have to leave your home.
- Practice excellent hygiene!
Make sure that you keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water for about 20 seconds per wash. If you run out of soap, you may use hand sanitizers that have at least 60 percent alcohol solution. Avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, eyes, and mouth, if you haven’t washed your hands.
- Take your vitamins!
While you’re staying at home, you’ll want to boost your immune system by taking multivitamin supplements and vitamins C and D. Having a stronger immune system will protect your body from respiratory tract infections.
- If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, contact your doctor ASAP!
You’ll need to reach out to your doctor if you experience any of the early symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, dry cough, fatigue, headache, and shortness of breath. You must seek emergency help if you or someone you know is experiencing breathing difficulty, confusion, chest pain, and bluish lips or face. It’s extremely important to notify the health care facility of your condition before going there so they can take special precautions to prevent the virus from infecting health care providers and other patients.
Donate Your Clunker While Staying at Home
Despite the dire situation we all face today, we can still practice charity and kindness to others. These virtues never go out of style even in times of crisis. You can reach out to the disabled and other disadvantaged members of your community by donating a vehicle to Goodwill Car Donations.
We will auction off your donation and use the proceeds to help fund the community-based programs and services being delivered by the Goodwill organizations in your local area. These IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofits provide their beneficiaries with job training, employment opportunities, livelihood assistance, and other critical community-building support services.
We’ll haul off your unwanted car for free and you’ll get a chance to get a healthy tax write-off in the next tax season.
We accept nearly all vehicle types, even those that are no longer working properly.
Today is the Best Time to Help the Needy
Now is the best time to help those in need in your community. Stay home and donate a vehicle to Goodwill Car Donations today. Call us at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form now!