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Home-based Isolation is Hard for Old Age Covid-19 Patients in the US

Isolation is one of the most helpful ways to spread of the deadly Covid-19 which is otherwise highly contagious. Doctors urge all Covid-19 positive people to immediately isolate themselves before they infect others. But a poll conducted by the University of Michigan suggests that older Covid-19 patients in the US are unable to do this.

According to this pole, every one in five old age Covid patients in the US can’t isolate themselves and this risk is highest in certain ethnicities i.e. Hispanic and black. People who have an overall low income or low immunity are most likely to fail at home isolation.

The poll results also highlighted the inequality in options to stay safe while the world goes through a pandemic. Not everyone had an opportunity to go outside, spend time with nature, involve himself in exercise or other physical practice, etc.

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Older Covid-19 patients in the US who had direct access to these open, green spaces near their homes were found to have safe social connections. On the other side, people who lack it were most likely to expose or get exposed to the virus.

These results indicate that the built environments around houses and public green spaces are vital for the good health of older Americans. This pole was conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the University of Michigan as the “National Poll on Healthy Aging”.

These poll responses have received a warm welcome and support from various other bodies including AARP, academic medical center, and Michigan Medicine. These responses are collected from the answers submitted by 2000 individuals between the ages 50 to 80.

These poll findings merely confirm what is already known. The presence of green open spaces and a community environment is vital for older adults especially for the old age Covid-19 patients in the US. Their participation and interest in these immunity-boosting activities are remarkable but the unavailability of them can disproportionately impact other older patients especially people of color and low-income households.

All health care providers should take points over these inequalities and try to fix them, if possible. This report should also educate the urban planners and policymakers to never ignore the green areas during town planning projects.

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The unavailability of these places makes it impossible for people living in shared houses or flats. The whole purpose of isolation is to separate other people from an infected patient and save them from the virus. However, in shared spaces, isolation is not even a chance and this risk is highest if the patient is an old age person.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who have contracted the virus or suspect contracting it should immediately isolate themselves into a room, bathroom and use a separate kitchen. It also suggests people who live with families to take extra care if any one member of the family becomes Covid-19 positive.

There is proven data that suggests that coronavirus can spread from one person to another through a shared household. This risk is highest if the patient is an old age patient with or without underlying health issues, making him more vulnerable to Covid-19 complications.

 

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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