It is something that is dominating the news cycles across the planet. It has led to a number of countries shutting their borders and declaring a state of emergency. Coronavirus is, without a doubt, the biggest health threat that the world has faced in a generation. From its origins in China in late 2019, it has swiftly become a raging wave that has swept across the nations. That has subsequently meant that many myths and rumours have begun to circulate about the causes and effects of the disease.
Here at Safe Hands Live-In Care, as a company that is active in the health industry, as a provider of private respite care, we want to ensure that only bona fide facts are passed around, and myths are debunked.
Face masks guarantee against infection
Whilst this was a myth and was more predominantly being spread during the early stages of the coronavirus spread, there are still some people that are living by this guideline. As a rule-of-thumb, the quality of masks that are available to the general public is not to a high enough standard to adequately protect against infection.
This is due to them not being sufficiently tight enough to stop small drops of moisture from accessing the mouth and nose. If you have an existing respiratory issue, a mask may be advisable; for all other people, we would recommend not wearing a mask.
Avoid Chinese products
One of the largest stigmas to have arisen from the spread of coronavirus is that, due to its source being from China, it is no longer safe to purchase any goods that originate from China. Although COVID-19 has proved to be incredibly infectious and contagious, studies have shown that it does not have a long life when on physical surfaces. Therefore, you should not be put off from purchasing items that have been manufactured in China, or neighbouring Asian territories.
Other immunisations will be effective
It has become common knowledge that a vaccine that is specifically able to target the coronavirus will not come into reality until early 2021. Whilst some people may believe that getting immunised against pneumonia and influenza, due to the similarities that the diseases show to COVID-19, can give an added level of protection, we would like to set the record straight. This disease is, in its composition, completely different from others – this means that it needs a vaccine of its own.
COVID-19 is 100% fatal
This is something that cannot be stressed enough. Whilst there have been deaths which have been caused by the coronavirus, this is not a certain outcome in each and every case. However, what must be noted is the typical age demographic in which the fatalities occur. Those who are over the age of 60 are significantly more likely to find it harder to stave off the effects of the disease, compared to those who are in their 20s.
As a comparison, whilst only 0.2% of cases of those between 10 and 39 results in death, the figure for people over the age of 80 is 14.8%. This demonstrates the importance of securing the quality of life for older people, and ensuring that there is a care plan in place.
About Safe Hands Live-In Care
Here at Safe Hands Live-In Care as live in home care providers, we are dedicated to providing families with affordable, live-in care. This is typically targeted at those who are part of the older generation. It could be that a loved one has been suffering from a debilitating illness in the past, and requires a care assistant to ensure that they can be adequately protected from the effects of the coronavirus with affordable live in care. For some people, it is necessary to find a live-in carer as they do not have the necessary time to bring in stockpiles of food and medicine. Whatever the reason, you can be sure that we will do all we can to help.
If you would like to find out a little more about why we are a first-class live-in home care provider, and want to find a live in carer, we would love to hear from you. For anyone that would like to chat with one of our representatives, you can do so by taking a moment to go through the details on our website.