How to Convince Older Relatives of the Dangers of coronavirus and Protect Them

Living in a pandemic is difficult, but teaching parents, grandparents, and this is even more difficult.

Due to misinformation on the Internet, stress, and the desire not to show off, most people aged do not take coronavirus seriously. Here’s how to explain to your loved ones the dangers of the situation and help them deal with the consequences of the pandemic.

1. Use the correct language

Avoid the words “elderly”, “vulnerable”, “weakened”, “painful”. Many do not classify themselves in such categories and believe that the virus does not threaten them. Instead, it’s better to focus on specific examples. According to WHO, people over 60 are at greater risk, and those over 80 die more often.

It is also worth mentioning cases of infection of famous people. For example, Tom Hanks, who, despite his good shape, is already 63. Recently, the actor and his wife passed tests for coronavirus. The results are positive.Lifehacker has a Telegram channel where we publish the latest information on the prevention and control of coronavirus. Subscribe!

2. Show that you know how to listen

Trying to convince grandparents, make it clear that you hear them, and not just express your point of view. If they say: “I feel good, do not worry,” reply in spirit: “Now you are in order, so it seems that there is no reason for alarm.”

It is very important. When a person sees that they are listening to him, he becomes more open and he listens to his interlocutor.

3. Use facts and comparisons

COVID – 19 is a new disease. Therefore, it is difficult not only for the older generation, but also for younger people to understand what is happening. Based on the available data and experience, the following comparison can be made:

The new virus spreads like a common cold, but is deadly, like a heart attack.

4. Explain that they should help others.

Usually people do not attach importance to danger when it comes to themselves. It is important to convey to relatives that, following the rules, they help others.

Being quarantined and following the recommendations of doctors, parents, grandparents reduce the risk of spreading the infection. So, first of all, they help preserve the health of their loved ones.

5. Do not dump them all at once

After talking about the pandemic and the dangers of the virus, relatives will feel depressed. Do not try to solve all problems at once. Better focus on the most important, and later return to the discussion.

Instead of forbidding relatives to leave home, offer to buy everything you need for them.

In addition, agreeing with one thing is always easier than accepting a list of conditions.

6. Show that you can communicate from a distance

It is important not to leave relatives who already suffer from loneliness, alone with themselves. Customize them or your old smartphone, tablet or laptop. Help to master video communication programs and instant messengers.

7. Show your love

Communicate with loved ones regularly. Find out how things are going, support in difficult times and see if relatives listen to your advice.

8. Do your best to protect

Here is a checklist that each of us must follow to help our aged relatives survive the coronavirus pandemic.

  1. Ask not to leave home without extreme need and follow WHO recommendations.
  2. Buy and bring food, medicine and everything you need.
  3. Communicate regularly, help solve problems, support.
  4. Bring books, download movies and TV shows to distract from news reports.
  5. Warn about scammers who have activated in the wake of the coronavirus and offer tests and other services.

If you know what else you can do, write in the comments.

  • American raises a record nearly 50,000 Covid-19 cases in a day

    The number of new Covid-19 infections in the US on July 1 increased to nearly 50,000. This is the number of Covid-19 infections in a record high day of the world’s top pandemic hot spot.

    Leading infectious disease expert of the US government , Dr. Anthony Fauci, has warned that the number of cases of Covid-19 a day can reach 100,000 if the Americans do not agree to take necessary preventive measures. For example, such as wearing mask if unable to adhere to social distancing
    “We cannot focus only on areas where the number of cases is increasing. This will put the whole country at risk, ”said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    During the first week of June, the US recorded an average of 22,000 cases of Covid-19 each day. A month later, in the Solar Belt, an area across the West and Southwestern of the United States, the Covid-19 hot spots emerged. In the last week of June, the number of infections per day nearly doubled, with 42,000.


    Brazil is the only country to report more than 50,000 cases of Covid-19 in a single day. On June 30, the US announced at least 49,286 cases.

    More than half the daily new infections of the US come from Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, home to 30% of the nation’s population. These 4 states and 10 other US states had double the number of new infections in June.

    This increase is in part related to Memorial Day party parties in late May. US health professionals are concerned about the National Day of July 4 this week, when Americans often flock to beaches and Camping area to see fireworks.

  • WHO updates mask recommendations

    Now they are advised to wear not only sick.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Hebreyusus, at a new briefing on COVID-19, announced new recommendations for the prevention of coronavirus. Here are the main points:

    • Doctors and other medical staff should always wear masks, regardless of whether they work with infected coronavirus infections or not.
    • People over 60 years of age, as well as those who have chronic diseases, are advised to wear masks wherever it is impossible to maintain physical distance.
    • The governments of the countries should encourage the wearing of masks in any places where it is impossible to maintain physical distance, especially for public transport and shops.
    • Those with symptoms similar to coronavirus infection should stay at home. All who contacted him should be quarantined.
    • If a sick person or someone who has contacted him needs to leave the house, he must wear a mask.
    • WHO considers masks to be of high quality, which consist of three layers of different materials or more.

    Previously, the WHO spoke only about the need to wear masks for patients who were ill, because there was insufficient data (apart from clinical studies, which many experts consider to be of little relevance to real life).

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