As we continue to see Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases steadily decrease within the state, reported on the official website for California COVID-19 at covid19.ca.gov, adults aged 65 and older are still at high risk for serious illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
As stated by WebMD, you make fewer T cells which is a type of white blood cell that is of key importance to the immune system and is the core of adaptive immunity when you get older. Not only do you have fewer immune cells as you age, but the ones you do have also do not communicate with each other as well. When your body produces fewer immune cells, it makes it more difficult to fight off infectious diseases such as COVID-19. To help slow the spread, keep yourself protected at all times when you are outside of your home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you:
- Wear a mask in public and stay at least six feet apart from people who do not live with you
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or on the inside of your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
In addition to following the CDC guidelines to staying physically healthy and safe, keeping your mental health and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic is as important. Disconnect from the television and connect with your loved ones and friends who you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling by phone. As reported in the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Impact Survey Summary by Sourcewise, 92% of respondents primarily stay connected with family and friends through phone calls.
To learn about health and wellness resources near you, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.