What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

 

In addition, people of all ages, with or without disabilities, seem to be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 if they have serious chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. 

Reducing exposure is especially important for people at higher risk of complications!

 

If you are at higher risk, CDC recommends that you:

  • Stay at home as much as possible if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.

 

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

  1. Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  2. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • In adults, emergency warning signs*:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

 

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

 

Sources: 

www.cdc.gov 
www.who.int

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