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DPH COVID-19 Update 4/11/2020

According to the Alzheimer's Association, dementia most likely does not increase risk for COVID-19, just like it does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related factors like age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. As an example, people with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. Additionally, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.

  • Apr 11, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update April 11, 2020

 

Guidance for Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia most likely does not increase risk for COVID-19, just like it does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related factors like age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. As an example, people with dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. Additionally, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.

Here are a few suggestions to help:

  • Use extra reminders, including written, to remember important hygienic practices.
  • Inquire about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
  • Make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID-19.
  • Make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.
  • Inquire about the availability for telehealth for current physician appointments.

For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice. Again, it is recommended that you call your health care provider instead of going directly to an emergency room. Your doctor may be able to treat the person without a visit to the hospital, which is ideal as it does not potentially expose that individual to COVID-19 if they do not have it.

Stay and Pray

Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and other religious holidays are important celebrations of our faiths. This year, we will be celebrating them in new ways, creating new traditions and finding creative ways to enjoy the holidays and our family and friends. We must all work together to keep everyone in our community and our places of worship healthy and safe.

We can:

  • Take advantage of the ability to participate in services that are available online or on television.
  • Continue family traditions through video chat or phone calls.
  • Cook traditional foods to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday.
  • Celebrate in person with those that live with us.

What we should avoid doing:

  • Attending any in-person worship service.
  • Congregating in public areas.
  • Inviting others to celebrate at our home.
  • Attending a celebration outside of our homes.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information.