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CDC: Older Americans and At-Risk Populations should take extra precautionary steps, avoid crowds

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Due to coronavirus, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials are advising Americans 60 years of age and older – especially those with underlying health conditions – to take extra steps to protect their health. Additionally, all people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and immune issues should also take these precautions. 

Older Americans and those with underlying medical conditions are especially susceptible to serious outcomes. 

The CDC recommends that these groups:

  • Contact healthcare providers to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case. If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. 
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

Further, these at-risk groups should:

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Read more tips from the CDC regarding people who are at risk.  

Watch the press conference held March 9by the Oregon Health Authority.