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CDC- COVID-19: What Older Adults need to know

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help Protect Older Adults from COVID-19.

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions, like heart, lung, kidney or diabetes may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

1. 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 is not available

  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.

  • Avoid Contact with People who are sick

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces: Counters, table tops, and door knobs to remove germs

2. Make a plan BEFORE you get sick.

  • Know who will take care of you or who will take care of you if your caregiver gets sick.

  • Talk to your health care provider about getting necessary medication to have on hand.

  • Get enough supplies like groceries or household items

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3. Pay Attention to what is happening locally.

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds.

  • If you get sick with a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call you healthcare provider.

  • Call 911 if you're facing serious illness.

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or call 1-800-CDC-INFO

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