The rapid emergence of COVID-19 has left many Amercians feeling scared and uneasy about what this means for them. The virus continues to be spread across the country, with nearly 21 million cases reported thus far and over 350,000 deaths. Senior citizens have an even higher risk than the general public of contracting a serious case of coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults over 65 years make up for 31% of cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions, and 80% of deaths.
Caring for a senior family member during the pandemic is more difficult than usual. Normal challenges are compounded by the fast spreading coronavirus forcing us to take massive precautions and stay away from public facilities, people, and anyone who is sick. When it comes to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, research is showing that adults 65 and older are especially vulnerable to severe illness. This is especially serious for those people with preexisting medical conditions, especially heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer who are more likely to have severe coronavirus infection. Since social distancing and avoiding people is even more important when in contact with a senior family member. So, how do we navigate care for those who are at higher risk, like the elderly?
Johns Hopkins recommends that seniors and their caretakers avoid travel and postpone any unnecessary in-person medical visits for the duration of the pandemic. Physician 360 has a telemedicine solution that can help. Via our easy-to-use platform, your senior family member can receive video consultations with a board-certified medical professional for any variety of medical concerns, from rashes to bedsores to a bad cough. They can even be tested for COVID-19, Flu, UTIs, or Anemia all from home with our test kits. We also currently have a discount available on the at-home COVID-19 saliva test kits.
Our platform is the safest and easiest solution for caring for a senior family member during COVID-19. You don’t have to worry about the stressful risk that comes with crowded doctor offices and hospitals in order for your loved one to be diagnosed and treated fully. It’s easy for care providers to start a visit online and accompany them through the appointment since it is all from the comfort of your home on a phone or computer. If your loved one is using a test kit, our medical team can help walk you through how to use one. Test kits are available here and can be purchased via your local independent pharmacy. If you prefer a general online consultation right away, click here.