The coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – is of interest to communities and families across our nation and the world now, and it’s important that everyone has the correct information on who is at risk, what you can do to avoid it, and what to do if you think you have been affected.
One of the best sources of reliable information is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website on COVID-19 for prevention information, situation updates, and FAQs.
Because the situation with COVID-19 is evolving, it’s crucial that you visit the CDC website periodically for updates. And if you are feeling sick, please contact your doctor.
Older adults are at an elevated risk of both contracting infectious diseases and being more severely affected by them. And as part of the Alzheimer’s community, there is a higher chance that you or somebody you know are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. We want to make sure that you and the people you know take the necessary precautions.
The CDC said:
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If you or somebody you know are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or a preexisting medical condition like the ones listed above, it is even more critical to take proactive actions to reduce your risk of getting sick.
Below are some of the CDC’s recommendations for keeping safe from COVID-19 and preventing the spread of respiratory disease, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.