Among adults, the risk for severe health consequences from COVID-19 infection increases with age. Therefore, affected persons with COVID-19 infection may require hospitalization, intensive care, ventilation, or they may even die.
In general, your risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19 increases as you get older. In fact, 8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.
There are also other factors that can increase your risk for severe illness, such as having underlying medical conditions. By understanding the factors that put you at an increased risk, you can make decisions about what kind of precautions to take in your daily life. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
What can you do to reduce the risk of infection
It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is to:
- Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.
- Take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.
How can CaDo help
Even under normal circumstances, the CaDo system delivers a great gain in quality of life for those who are supplied with long-term urinary catheters, mostly older or multimorbid patients. In the corona pandemic, emergency care at bedsite instead of patient transport to a hospital can be a life-saving measure for those affected, who are usually classified as high-risk groups.