Tips for older adults (especially those at-risk) to help reduce exposure
No need to panic! Sharpen your defenses by practicing some simple precautions:
Cancel non-essential appointments
Schedule telehealth sessions for appointments you can’t miss
Designate an emergency contact
Wash your hands frequently (scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water)
Use hand sanitizer when soap isn’t available
TRAVEL (CDC advisories):
Avoid non-essential plane travel
Avoid cruise ship vacations
Avoid public places where crowds may gather and poorly ventilated buildings where the risk of transmission is higher
If you need to isolate yourself:
Remain in contact with family or friends, updating them on your condition
Keep several feet of distance from people
Wash your hands with soap after going in public
*Exercise caution. If temporarily opting out of your daily activities would reduce your anxiety, staying home might be in your best interest.
STOCK UP ON ESSENTIALS:
Ensure you have enough groceries and household essentials to last you a prolonged period of time
Consider mail ordering your prescriptions to have access to several weeks of medicines and supplies
WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste of smell
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.
IF YOU THINK YOU’RE SICK:
Call your doctor before going in for a test
Avoid using public transportation
Call IDPH for more information 1-800-889-3931
Remember to check in on your older family member, friend, or neighbor!
Communicate with them during this time and monitor their health.
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Administration for Community Living, CDC, March 2020.