We stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage older adults and those with preexisting conditions take extra precaution to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19.
With that said, we would like to share some advice from the CDC on how to take extra good care of yourself, old or young, through this time.
1. The first thing you can do is practice good hygiene.
- 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 and not your hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home such as counters, table tops and doorknobs to remove germs.
- Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
2. For the time being, CDC advices that folks stay home as much as possible and keep a safe distance from others.
- We know that staying cooped up at home is not a realistic option for everyone. If you do have to go out for work or groceries, please take these extra precautions to practice good hygiene: try to stay six feet away from others, avoid touching your face, use disinfectant wipes on things like gas pumps and keypads before using them, and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after returning home from an outing.
3. The next thing you can do is make a plan for what to do if you get sick.
- Identify a caregiver as well as someone who will take care of you if your caregiver also gets sick.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about getting an extra supply of necessary medications to have on hand.
- Stock up on supplies- including enough household items and groceries so you can stay home for a few weeks if you have to.
4. Finally, pay attention to what is happening locally.
- Boston: boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston Have questions? Contact the Public Health Commission: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-847-0710
- Columbus: coronavirus.ohio.gov The Ohio Department of Health has a hotline that is operating 7 days a week from 9 am-8 pm: (833)-427-5634
For more information and the latest resources, go to cdc.gov/COVID19 or call 1800-CDC-INFO.