From Administration for Community Living. (ACL)
Also follow the guidance issued by state and local health departments, and watch the CDC website for the latest national information.
What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?
People who are 65 or older are more 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 any age who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility are at higher risk.
Other people who may be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, regardless of age or disability, include:
People with chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma
People who have serious heart conditions
People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40)
People with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
People who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications including people receiving cancer treatment
Reducing exposure is especially important for people at higher risk of complications!
Words to the wise: Planning is key!
Many states and communities are implementing community actions designed to reduce exposures to COVID-19 and slow the spread of the disease. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members. CDC's planning resources can help.
Everyday actions to prevent illness
You can learn more about how the virus spreads here. Everyone, regardless of age or disability, should follow CDC's recommendations to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including colds and flu and COVID-19.
Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. These include:
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. Consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.
Follow your state's guidance
Decisions about community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. It's important for everyone to pay close attention to information and instructions published by states. Click on the "state-by-state links" box to find yours (and if we missed something, please send them to us through our web form.)