What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19

I’d like,to talk to you about the new virus that,causes the disease COVID-19 older adults,and people who have severe chronic,medical conditions like heart lung or,kidney disease or diabetes may be at,higher risk for severe illness from,COVID-19 if you are one of the people at,increased risk for serious COVID-19,illness it’s especially important for,you to take action to reduce the risk of,getting COVID-19

now the first thing you,can do is take care of your own health,wash your hands often with soap and,water for at least 20 seconds use an,alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at,least 60% alcohol,if soap and water are not available,

cover your coughs or sneezes with a,tissue or cough or sneeze into your,elbow not your hands avoid contact with,people who are sick clean and disinfect,surfaces in your home such as counters,tabletops and doorknobs to remove germs,use household cleaning sprays or wipes,according to the label instructions

the,next thing you can do is make a plan for,what to do if you do get sick know who,will take care of you if your caregiver,gets sick talk to your health care,provider about getting extra necessary,medications to have on hand get enough,supplies to include enough household,items and groceries so you can stay home,for a few weeks if you have to

the third,thing you can do is pay attention to,what’s happening locally if COVID-19 is,spreading in your community stay home as,much as possible and avoid crowds if you,get sick with fever cough or shortness,of breath call your health care provider,if you develop warning signs such as,difficulty breathing persistent pain or,pressure in your chest confusion or,blueness of the lips or face these may,be signs of serious illness call 911

for in the latest resources please visit,cdc.gov/tips,