What to do
Coronavirus is serious
COVID-19 or “Coronavirus” is a serious illness that poses serious risks for older adults 60 years and older.
You may be vulnerable
Older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions are vulnerable populations and may be at higher risk for COVID-19 coronavirus.
Know the symptoms
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- shortness of breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your medical provider immediately.
Your loved ones need you healthy! Take precautions today to ensure your health tomorrow.
Reduce your risk
There are easy steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick, and these are important to remember.
Do not gather with or visit others. While hopefully temporary, it is an important step to take to protect yourself and your family’s health.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face.
Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications.
Try alternatives to shaking hands, like a wave.
Activities for older adults
Keep busy at home. If you find yourself making fewer outings, there are many things to do at home:
- Read a book, listen to music or see virtual exhibits at the SF library and Digital Public Library of America
- Tour 500 of the world’s best museums
- Check out the Smithsonian’s nearly 4 million images and 3-D models
- Watch documentaries from around the world, free!
- Spring cleaning
- Get crafty - knit, paint, or just explore your inner artist
- Spend time with pets
For home care providers
If you are in a long-term care facility
Last updated March 26, 2020