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:
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.
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.
What we should avoid doing:
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.