Last Updated on June 16, 2020 by Senior Daily Staff
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released videos and written guidelines advising seniors how to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic.
Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19 in the video below.
Key pieces of advice are:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (see video at the end)
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
Make a plan before you get sick
- Know who will take care of you
- Stock up on medications and groceries.
Stay in Touch and Be Aware
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick
- If you have potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your doctor
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs are:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face.
For more information see: CDC Coronavirus Information
More videos from the CDC are below.