- Impaired mental function
- Loss of appetite
- An overall feeling of discomfort
What causes viral infections in seniors?
True to their name, viral infections are caused by viruses (as opposed to bacterial infections like strep throat and whooping cough, which are caused by bacteria). Viral infections can be spread through person-to-person contact (even if the individuals are several feet apart from each other) or by touching a surface that has the virus on it. Because viral infections aren’t caused by bacteria, they won’t respond to antibiotics.
- Wash their hands
- Use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching their face, especially their nose and mouth
- Keep their home clean and disinfected
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Minimize contact with sick people
- Avoid large crowds
- Wear a face mask in public settings
If left untreated
As noted above, seniors are at a particularly high risk of developing serious complications from viral infections. Untreated influenza and bronchitis infections, for instance, can result in the development of pneumonia, which can in turn lead to fluid buildup within the lungs, lung abscesses, and organ failure. Other flu-related complications include dehydration, ear and sinus infections, multi-organ failure, and inflammation of the brain, heart, and muscles.
If you’d like to arrange an in-home visit for your elderly loved one, contact DispatchHealth today. You can request care over the phone, on our app, or through our website.