Helpful Information Regarding COVID-19
How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads
When the coronavirus spreads person-to-person, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes it happens mainly through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For confirmed COVID-19 infections, the illness ranges from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If ill with these symptoms. go to a hospital emergency room or call the state health department.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. CDC always recommends these actions to help prevent the spread of the virus, including:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- stay home when you are sick.
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaners as the virus may live on surfaces.
- the CDC does not recommend wearing a mask if you are well.
- Avoid shaking hands
CHAP Abstracted from CDC.gov information Feb 29, 2020
Jewish Family Home Care responds to Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Home Health Needs of the Elderly
Q&A by Teresa Duvall, CEO, Jewish Family Home Care
by South Florida Hospital News
A: PPE was priority. Thankfully, we began preparing early. Later on as the supply chain dwindled, it was a littler harder to come by but always made it a priority. Then, as the supply pipeline improved, we started looking for a centralized location to distribute PPE to our caregivers. That is when we received a donation of a centrally-located storefront, which is now used exclusively for PPE distribution.
A: I would say that dealing with social isolation was the most difficult issue for them. Loneliness and lack of interaction with families and friends can cause depression in people who may be very active. But when their social interaction and mobility is restricted, it is not uncommon for physical health issues to occur.
A: We continue to conduct wellness calls to see how they are doing. Our aides have become armchair multimedia specialists, helping their clients overcome these communications and socialization obstacles. We try to make sure they have access to a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Our aides encourage and assist them to speak with family and friends. For those that we believe are suffering with depression, we refer them to the appropriate specialist(s) that can assist.
A: With Covid-19 limiting the amount of activity and interaction everyone is experiencing, we are finding that our elderly clients are becoming weaker from not getting out and being able to use their muscles. Some of our clients are currently receiving physical therapy from our subsidiary agency, Nursing Plus of Broward. Others, are being encouraged and assisted by their caregiver to move about as much as possible. In addition, our caregivers are instructed to report any changes in their client’s condition.
A: In this challenging time, the wellness & safety of our clients and team is our top priority. Good communication with our clients and their families and healthcare providers continue to be a high priority.
We believe we will get through this; the last five months have shown that. We will move forward by assuring you peace of mind by providing compassionate, reliable, and trusting care for your loved one.
As we continue to monitor the advancement of the COVID-19 pandemic, our number one priority at Jewish Family Home Care remains to be the health of our clients and employees.
Read more about Jewish Family Home Care’s COVID-19 response, a letter from our CEO about COVID-19, and some other helpful pandemic resources here