The news these days is terrifying. As the coronavirus spreads, none of us—not celebrities, politicians, or even princes—are safe. If you have a loved one living with dementia in a facility, the reports are even more disturbing. According to the New York Times, over 40% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States are linked to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults.
The world has been flattened by COVID-19. Not just by the disease itself—as devastating as it is—but by the unknowns surrounding it. When will there be a vaccine? When will the country reopen for good? When can we hug our loved ones again?
No one knows. But there are a few lessons we have learned, and they can be powerful weapons against the virus. You may find it helpful to group these tactics into three categories: healthcare, hygiene, and helpers.