Coronavirus, does having Alzheimer's increase the risk of infection?
One of the few certainties about the effects of the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is the fact that it affects older people and those with previous pathologies more severely. This is why it is especially necessary to pay special attention to people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, specifically the elderly, as this condition makes them a vulnerable group.
"To protect people with Alzheimer's disease, we must first of all take into account the prevention measures indicated by the health authorities" says Dr. Alba Benaque, general director of Fundació ACE and specialist in preventive medicine.
According to the authorities, the prevention measures indicated are very simple. You have to avoid going out as much as necessary and, when it is unavoidable, keep your physical distance from people, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
Likewise, if it is finally necessary to leave the house, it is important to remember not to touch your face, use tissues or cough against the inside of your elbow.
Both the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council have implemented measures to protect the elderly.
It is essential, especially in the case of people with Alzheimer's, that families are the ones who help and accompany them in the fulfilment of these measures to avoid contagion.