Protect Older Adults

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​Practice social distancing to keep you and your community safe

  • Keep at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others (even people who appear to be healthy).
  • Stay home as much as possible.
    • Use online services, such as online banking, grocery pick-up or delivery, and restaurant delivery services.
    • If you do need to go out, avoid going during peak hours.
  • Avoid in person visits with your grandchildren. Young children can have the virus and show few or no symptoms and can pass it onto you. Skype or facetime with them.
  • Avoid crowds of people and unnecessary gatherings.
  • Avoid non-essential travel, especially cruise and air travel.
  • Avoid close contact touching like, shaking hands, hugging, and high-fives.

Take action to prevent spread of viruses and stay healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles, light switches, tables, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones.
  • Avoid touching common surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Use elbows or knuckles to push buttons when you do not have a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger.
  • Make sure others in your household, or anyone you are regularly in close contact with, follow these precautions.
  • Wear a face mask in public, especially when it is hard to social distance or when people are indoors. 

Have a plan if you get sick

  • Consult with your health care provider on any issues related to your health.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, or community health workers. if you become sick.
  • Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick

Have supplies on hand

  • Contact your healthcare provider to obtain extra necessary prescriptions
  • Use mail-order pharmacy for routine medications
  • Stock up on over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand