Older adults who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, and or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.
There are also other factors that can increase your risk for severe illness, such as having underlying medical conditions, like obesity, type 2 Diabetes, weakened immune system, metabolic conditions, etc.
COVID-19 Precautions for Older Adults
By understanding the factors that put you at an increased risk, you can make decisions about what kind of precautions to take in your daily life. The best way to protect yourself and, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to limit your interactions with other people as much as possible. Also, take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others. These precautions include, wash your hands often, avoid close contact, cover your mouth and nose when around other people, clean and disinfect things you touch often, and take care of your health and be aware of symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms on their web site.
Do You Have Concerns About COVID-19 and Senior Health?
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