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.
For more information, visit cdc.gov/COVID19
or call 1-800-CDC-INFO