Navigating Healthcare through the Pandemic: Taking Care of Those Who Can't

We all know the drill by now: stay home, wear a mask, wash your hands, keep social distancing, etc. While these guidelines may seem simple enough, after a while we start to forget or not be as compliant as we should. Behavioral changes don't happen overnight but we've had several months to adapt to the "new normal". We also need to keep in mind that these measures cannot be adhered by everyone. There're certain conditions that make it impossible to follow some or all of the safeguards. Conditions such as dementia, autism, asthma, COPD, and claustrophobia are among those who can't or find it difficult to comply. For this reason we should be more vigilant and hold higher expectations for those who can. We also need to take care of our geriatric population now that some of the restrictions have lifted and there are no indications for the pandemic to be over. The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare the pandemic over once the infection its mostly contained and rates of transmission have dropped significantly (You can listen to the TED Ed video: "When is a Pandemic Over" here). It may seem repetitive but we must remind ourselves that we are in this together and drastic times call for drastic measures. The most vulnerable populations are in the nursing homes and COVID-19 outbreaks spread like wildfires due to the population being housed in small enclosed spaces. Let's do our part to adapt these behavioral changes in our lives to protect those who need it most.

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