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Prevention

Who Is At Risk

People who are at most risk for severe illness are older adults or those who have chronic health conditions, such as

  • Lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • A weakened immune system *Insert details about the importance of young people taking this seriously, as even though they may recover quickly, there is a chance they can spread it to those that are at severe risk.

Reduce The Risk [This Section Is Taken From Montefiore.Org]

For yourself and for others, take the following easy to follow precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home from work or school if you feel unwell
  • Vaccines have the potential to prevent or treat a wide range of infectious diseases, make sure that everyone in your house (including yourself) has received the flu shot to stay healthy and safe
  • The benefit of wearing facemasks is not proven and they are not recommended as a preventive measure.
  • Insert statement about the importance of “Shelter in Place” and following guidelines and protocol set in place by local leaders. *Insert a statement about a vaccine for COVID-19 (i.eCurrently, there is not a vaccine available for COVID-19, however, medical experts and researchers are [insert details here about clinical trials, research, studies, etc. and hyperlink to relevant details].

If COVID-19 is Spreading Throughout Your Community [this section below is taken directly from the CDC]

Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) 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.

Planning [Taken Directly From Cdc]

  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Community Support For Older Adults [taken directly from CDC]

  • Community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration.
  • Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.
  • Long-term care facilities should be vigilant to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Information for long-term care facilities can be found here.

Family And Caregiver Support [taken directly from CDC]

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak