Protection For Older Adults
Guide for Older Adults

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 Physical 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.