The elderly and children are vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the authorities. The enforced Restricted Movement in Malaysia is in full effect as the government urges citizens to stay put, practice precautionary measures and avoid social contacts.
If you have elderly folks above 60 and children under 5 years old, take extra precautions if you do have to take them out. It is advisable to make sure your child, mother, father and everyone for that matter constantly wash their hands, sanitize and keep away from meeting with friends, for the time being. If you have to bring them for a check up or to attend an important matter in your car, make sure your car is cleaned or sanitized from the seats to the door handles.
As advised by the CDC, all regularly touched surfaces in the car should be sanitized with solutions containing 60% alcohol. It is also advisable to put on a mask if the elderly person is unwell or has a medical condition. Additional precautions are very important for people over 60 and those who are having a medical condition. People over 60 and those with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer have the highest risk of severe disease and death from Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization. For those 60 and above, it is advisable to wipe every time you get in a car, especially high-touch areas like seat belts and window buttons.
Although kids aren’t as vulnerable as the elderly, precautions are advised for infants under 5. Bear in mind that kids are often unsuspecting carriers of infection, due to their lack of awareness of personal hygiene. They are more likely to spread it to parents and relatives than become sick themselves. For example, a driver who regularly drives children to and from school and may also have elderly people as passengers. Without proper cleaning, the virus can spread to the elderly passengers even if the children are not riding in the vehicle at the same time.
Last but not least, everyone has been reminded of these steps to take to prevent from the dreaded Covid-19. Here’s a list of precautionary measures:
- Avoid being exposed to it by staying home and social distancing
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily