Perhaps you have a little extra time on your hands now that you’re self-isolating. Could be a great opportunity to convene your book club. Or maybe you’re missing the regular gym workouts you’ve relied on to alleviate stress. You’ve heard a lot of your friends are headed to a popular walking trail. Sounds like a fun idea. After all, only older people are at a big risk for coronavirus, right? Not so.A
recent USA TODAY analysis of data reported by 19 states shows that Americans of all ages seem to be equally susceptible to a coronavirus infection. States are reporting cases in every age range, though people in their 50s had slightly more confirmed cases on average.Any project, hobby or other diversion that takes you to places where people are frequenting to get supplies or exercise carries risk, no matter what your age, many experts note.“Family caregivers often tend to worry about everyone but themselves,” noted Home Instead Senior Care Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate Lakelyn Hogan. “While statistics are showing that the coronavirus disease could have a deadlier impact on the elderly, no one is immune. That’s why everyone – including family caregivers – are being asked to heed the warning of experts to self-isolate, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and wash hands and disinfect surfaces regularly to help flatten the curve.” The spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has taken off since the first U.S. case was identified in Washington state on Jan. 21.
By March 17, the virus had expanded its presence from several isolated clusters in Washington, New York and California to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.But, in spite of statistics and warnings, you’ve got to keep your sanity, right? Here are ways to get what you need, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually without putting yourself (and others) at risk:
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