Do not expose your elderly parents or grandparents to the coronavirus through chewing gum, as this can make them seriously ill and even lead to their death.
“However difficult it may be. Instead, let us stay in touch with them through phone calls or video messages, ”Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded Monday in his weekly newsletter.
Ramaphosa writes that it is a reality that people can save their older relatives’ lives by staying away from them.
“The coronavirus can infect anyone, but older people are among those most at risk of becoming seriously ill and possibly dying. There have been a number of coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes and care centers that have led to deaths. “
Ramaphosa says that when people live with their elderly parents, proper hygiene practices must be adhered to at all times by washing and disinfecting hands regularly.
“Surfaces that are often affected and equipment such as walking frames and canes must also be cleaned regularly.
“Where possible, we must limit it to sharing areas and wearing a mask around our elderly family members.”
According to him, people with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma and chronic respiratory diseases should be especially careful.
“They must maintain healthy distances, stay at home if possible and stay away from places full of people. They need to practice good hygiene and continue to take their chronic medicine. “
Ramaphosa says new research by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases shows that a third of patients admitted to hospitals with Covid-19 have at least one underlying disease.
“It is a major concern in a country like ours that also has a high prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis, which was the leading cause of natural deaths in South Africa last year.
“In addition, more than 4.5 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, the figure of which has doubled since 2017. In the Western Cape alone, diabetes is an underlying disease in more than half of all deaths from Covid-19. ”
According to Ramaphosa, Gauteng and the Western Cape are testing people with underlying diseases whether or not they show symptoms of the coronavirus. This is part of the government’s efforts to curb infections among the most vulnerable.
He writes that his government will continue to be guided by scientific evidence and adapt its strategies if necessary.
He says that throughout the state of restriction, people are guaranteed access to their chronic medicine or treatment at medical facilities.
“If we apply all the precautionary measures, we will be able to protect ourselves. We will also protect and keep the most vulnerable through our everyday actions. ”