Get the information you need to help protect yourself and your aging loved ones.
The best way to prevent any illness is to avoid exposure. There is no vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), so it is important to protect yourself and your family. COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact with someone who is infected. Respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes can enter your mouth or nose, or potentially be inhaled.
Here are steps you can take to help prevent illness.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Stock up on your medications and supplies.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often.
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you feel sick, contact your doctor.
- Wear a face mask only if you are caring for an individual who is not able to wear one.
Read More: The Coronovirus and Protecting Seniors
Caring for Someone Who Is Ill
- Limit visitors. Only allow those with an essential need to be in the home.
- Keep others in the home separated. If possible, find a separate bedroom and bathroom for the patient. Keep others in the home separated to limit exposure.
- Do not share household items with the patient. Consider using disposable items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups and eating utensils. Avoid sharing towels and bedding. After the patient uses these items, wash them thoroughly.
- Disinfect highly touched surfaces daily. Use a household cleaning spray every day to clean counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
- Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately wash clothes, bedding and towels that have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Wear disposable gloves and keep soiled items away from your body.
Resources for Families
- 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home – Video by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know – Video by the CDC
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- Hospital Guide – Get the information and tools you need to play an active role in your care during a hospital stay.
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