Older Adults

How to avoid getting infected

There are many people who are at increased risk of getting very sick due to coronavirus. These include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. If you are at a higher risk, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your chances of getting coronavirus. Here are some things you should do to decrease your risk:

  • Stock up on supplies
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about getting extra necessary prescription medications to have on hand.
    • Be sure to have enough household items on hand in case you need to stay home for a period of time.
  • Take everyday precautions
    • Avoid contact with others who are sick.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Thoroughly clean frequently touched surfaces in your home, such as phones, computers, remote controls, door knobs, light switches, faucet handles, appliances, etc.  Also thoroughly wash and dry clothes, sheets, towels, and blankets in your house.
    • Avoid wearing the shoes you wear outside into your house.
    • Avoid large crowds of people.
    • Limit cruise and air-travel as much as possible.
    • Have a plan if you or your caregiver become ill.
    • Stay connected to others by phone or email.
  • Be aware of symptoms of coronavirus
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
    • New confusion or inability to arouse.
    • Bluish lips or face.

If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately!