For more than two years, COVID-19 has been a daily part of our lives. The pandemic has forced us to change the way we live, work and interact with others. While many people were able to avoid contracting the virus for some time thanks to measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, the number of people who have been infected is on the rise again. COVID reinfections are becoming more common, which is why it’s important for seniors to be aware of the risks.
According to AARP, most of the population of the United States has been infected with COVID-19 by now. COVID reinfections are beginning to happen more frequently as well. There are a number of reasons for this, including:
- Waning immunity from the first infection
- New variants of the virus
- Lack of access to vaccines
- Less mask wearing
Seniors are especially vulnerable to reinfection because they are more likely to have weaker immune systems. While reinfections are likely to be less severe than the first infection, they can still cause serious health complications. This is why it’s important for seniors to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves.
At The Seniors Center, we want older Americans to stay safe, even as society returns to some sense of normalcy. Take the precautions you need to protect yourself from COVID-19, and if you do get reinfected, talk to your doctor about the best way to manage your symptoms.