In Vietnam, two cases of Covid-19 were severe, they were undergoing intensive treatment, they were all over 60 years old, they had already had background disease. The Covid-19 Viet Nam Prevention and Control Steering Committee advises the elderly to avoid going out.
Accordingly, there have been two cases of severe changes in Vietnam among 76 cases of Covid-19.
That is the case of a Vietnamese female patient (she is 64 years old, she has a background condition of vestibular disorders) still on mechanical ventilation and maintenance dialysis.
British male patient (He is 69 years old, one of us has type 2 diabetes and hypertension), he is currently still on mechanical ventilation due to severe respiratory failure.
On March 19, the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Combat of Acute Inflammatory Inflammatory Diseases of Vietnam (Covid-19) sent a dispatch to the President of the UNBD of provinces and cities directly under the Central Government.
The official letter was signed by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health, the official letter suggested localities to strengthen epidemic prevention for the elderly, people with other diseases and other risk subjects.
Accordingly, the Steering Committee suggested the locality to make statistics and make a list, strictly manage the health of the elderly, especially people with underlying medical conditions and other subjects at high risk of other diseases.
They advise and notify specifically to families with elderly people, people with underlying medical conditions and high-risk subjects to minimize going out, public areas, and contact with others. When these people have health problems, their relatives must immediately contact the commune health department, ward or family doctor. In case of absolute necessity, if the patient needs emergency, his / her family members will take the patient to a medical facility for medical examination and treatment (such as running out of medicine, needing adjustment of dose …); People always use masks and disinfect their hands if they go out.
Health facilities provide drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases for a longer time to all subjects (at least two months).
Make electronic medical records or complete records, giving priority to people aged 60 and older and people with underlying medical conditions, non-communicable diseases or other conditions.
Earlier, at a meeting to provide information about the Covid-19 epidemic to the press, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long said: “Up to 80% of deaths in China are over 60 years old, 75% have background diseases. is accompanied by hypertension, cardiovascular disease, COPD. This underlying disease causes a more severe clinical situation “.
In a consultation on two severe cases of Covid-19 on March 17, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the Medical Services Administration, he also recommended promoting the propaganda to the elderly. , people with comorbidities need to participate in the full medical report.
In addition, everyone should propagate and guide the elderly to take measures to improve health, avoid crowded places, avoid contact with places at risk of epidemics and people returning from epidemic areas. Elderly people need to promote a healthy lifestyle, use masks, personal hygiene, eat, sleep and rest in moderation. Especially when the elderly have health manifestations such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, the family members should report to the nearest health facility to be visited and cared for by health workers.
According to experts, some disadvantages of the elderly for Infectious Diseases are the declining ability of the elderly to cope with diseases and adapt to the environment; Lungs decrease in capacity, chest wall is narrowed, mucous membranes are reduced, coughing force is weak, so the elderly are very susceptible to respiratory infections; Heart enlargement, poor ability to regulate and adapt … Elderly people are susceptible to many diseases at the same time. According to a study by the Central Geriatric Hospital, the average number of elderly patients is 2.6, and for people over 80 the figure is 6.8.
Regarding severe cases, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue said, the Ministry of Health of Vietnam has set up an Active Treatment Group of experts in various fields to support and treat Covid-19 patients. heavy.
Thus, it can be concluded that Elderly people are most at risk of Covid19.
You should also note, starting today March 19, 2020, people need to wear masks when going to public places. Therefore, you need to strictly comply with this regulation to avoid contracting Covid19 from others, thereby contributing to protecting yourself, your loved ones and the community.
(Source: Vietnam Ministry of Health)