With increasing concern around the coronavirus, The National Council on Aging has come out with “Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know” discussing the signs, symptoms, and prevention tips for older adults. With the coronavirus putting older people and those with severe chronic medical conditions more at risk, it is important that caregivers and individuals know how to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus.
According to the National Council on Aging, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid crowds.
- Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices.
Read a more detailed overview here: “Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know”
Source: Fact Sheet on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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