The management of a nursing home in the Italian region of Veneto provided an opportunity for its guests to hug loved ones again, avoiding the risks of contracting a new type of coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The staff came up with glass, plastic and electronics to bring those separated by the outbreak of the disease closer together, said the head of the institution, Elisabetta Barbato.
We proceed from the need to find a balance between protection and the desire to meet visitors of the nursing home and their families halfway - in the fall, "dates" are held in closed rooms, which increases the rate of transmission of infection by 20 times. Respiration and phlegm particles travel 6-7 meters and can enter the body. On the other hand, we notice a deterioration in health due to separation and isolation, which is very painful for the elderly,”the expert said in a conversation with RIA Novosti.
They were able to cheer up the elderly thanks to curtains made of flexible plastic, long gloves and even headphones for those who have become hard of hearing from a distance or through a fence. A spacious and bright room with an area of 500 square meters was converted into a hug room. Previously, church services were held there. According to Barbato, 20 seconds of cuddling will increase levels of the happiness hormone oxytocin, as well as serotonin and dopamine, which are responsible for feelings of calm and well-being.
NEWS.ru previously reported that some patients who recovered from coronavirus infection complain of tooth loss and gum disease. Many people have faced similar problems for the first time. This opinion was expressed by the biologist, medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, William Lee. He explained that COVID-19 affects blood vessels, and this can lead to blood clots and blockage of blood flow.