According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults may have a greater chance for serious illness from COVID-19 especially people with weak immune systems or underlying chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, diabetes or kidney disease.
- Symptoms include: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider. You may be able to recover at home.
- You need emergency help if symptoms become more severe, there is chronic chest pain, breathing is difficult or your lips turn bluish.
Protect Yourself and Others
Wash Your Hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Wash after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, wash after spending time in a public place.
- Wash before and after touching people you’re caring for.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Use a tissue or your sleeve when coughing.
Practice Social Distancing
- Avoid crowds and large gatherings, especially in venues with poor ventilation.
- Don’t shake hands with people.
- Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people.
- Stay away from people who may be sick.
- Try shopping during off-hours—later on weeknights or earlier on weekends—when crowds at stores are lower.
- Avoid touching “high-touch” surfaces: elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc.
- Find out if family or friends have been sick in the past two weeks BEFORE they visit. If they have been sick, reschedule at least two weeks out.