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Guidance for Retirement & Independent Living

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should consider:

• Stocking up on supplies.

• CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
-- This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. --

• Taking everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.

• When going out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.

• Avoiding crowds as much as possible.

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Additional Resource: Your Local Area Agency on Aging
Here’s how to find your local Area Agency on Aging:
1. Link to this Eldercare Locator
2. Put in your older loved one’s zip code
3. Contact the aging agencies listed

Who is at Higher Risk?

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
     • Diabetes
     • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time

Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.