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Monday, May 18, 2020

The CDC’s Coronavirus Guidance for Older Adults

The COVID-19, also referred to as the Coronavirus, pandemic has brought a level of anxiety that is palpable across the U.S. and the globe. As the disease spreads, the fear of it grows. This is especially true for those groups who have been deemed particularly vulnerable to the risks of the Coronavirus. While the disease continues to be studied more, information currently available points to the fact that older adults, as well as immunocompromised individuals and those with asthma, are particularly susceptible to experiencing severe symptoms should they contract COVID-19. Because older adults, those aged 65 years or older, to be more exact, are considered a vulnerable group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has formed guidance for what older adults can do to help protect themselves from the Coronavirus.

The CDC’s Coronavirus Guidance for Older Adults

The main symptoms of the Coronavirus have included fever, cough, and shortness. Symptoms usually appear within 2-14 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. In more serious cases, the disease can prove fatal. To help protect those Americans of advanced age, the CDC has made several recommendations to older adults in an effort to keep them healthy and safe during this time of so much uncertainty.

Essentially, the CDC’s Coronavirus guidance for adult adults is much the same as it has made to the general population. In the case of American seniors, however, it is even more important as they have proven particularly vulnerable to the impact of the Coronavirus. Older adults are urged to stay at home and wash hands frequently. If you must have some contact with those outside of your immediate household, keep at least 6 feet between you and other people, especially those who are sick. This is approximately two arm lengths. Any surfaces which are frequently used or frequently touched should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

The safer-at-home movement is a critical element in keeping everyone safe from the Coronavirus and slowing its spread. Older adults should be among those participating and advocating for all to stay at home. Cruise and non-essential air travel is, of course, not recommended by the CDC. If you should have any Coronavirus concerns or are exhibiting what could be symptoms of the virus, contact your healthcare professional right away.

In addition to taking care of physical health, the CDC guidelines make it clear that it is necessary to take care of your emotional health as well. These are stressful times. A pandemic has driven people indoors. It has separated society like few other things ever have. This can take a toll on a person’s emotional health. The CDC recommends taking a break from the news. Step away from the newspaper, the online articles, and the TV for a bit. Try mindful breathing and meditation to re-center yourself. It is also more important than ever to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet in addition to getting regular exercise. Get plenty of sleep and set aside time to take part in some activities that bring you joy.

While we are all social distancing, there are many ways to still connect with others. Find ways to talk with those who you care about and who care about you. Technology is amazing for these kinds of things. FaceTime with your family. Skype or have a Zoom meeting for a virtual dinner with friends. Always reach out for help should you feel overwhelmed by everything. There are plenty of people that will help, including your healthcare provider.

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The elder law attorneys at Monk Law wish health and happiness for our community and for the world during these trying times. We are still available for your legal needs or to be a resource for you and your loved ones. Contact Monk Law today.


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