Your health is our priority. We want to make sure you have the information you need to:

  • Protect yourself
  • Continue to manage your condition
  • Get the care you need

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone ill. But some people are at higher risk from the virus. 

Higher risk groups include: 

  • People with compromised (poor) immune systems
  • Older adults
  • People with underlying health conditions, such as:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Obesity 
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic kidney disease that requires dialysis
    • Liver disease
  • People with certain disabilities:
    • Who have limited mobility and who cannot avoid close contact with care/support providers
    • Who have trouble understanding or practicing preventive measures
    • Who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness
  • Pregnant people

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Staying safe from COVID-19

Do you fall within one of the higher risk groups? If so, it’s especially important that you take extra steps to protect yourself. 

Here are five key steps you can take now:

1. Practice self-isolation: 
  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with people and limit visitors. 
  • Ask friends or family to deliver things like groceries and medications. Tip: See if local community groups or businesses offer delivery services in your area. This includes pharmacies.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3. Clean and disinfect surfaces you may touch often in your home daily.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or cough into your elbow.
 

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Get care if you have common COVID-19 symptoms 

If you fall ill, contact your doctor first. If directed, go to an urgent care center or emergency room. 

Watch for COVID-19 symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Non-productive (dry) cough 
  • Flu-like aches and pains
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills 
  • Headache
  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of taste or smell 

This list is not all inclusive. Please speak with your doctor if you have these symptoms or any others that concern you. As you’re at higher risk for complications, seek care as soon as possible.

 

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • Heart attack or stroke warning signs
  • Any other emergency warning signs for COVID-19 or your other health conditions

This list is not all inclusive. Do not delay getting emergency care for your other health conditions because of COVID-19. If you need care, hospital staff will take steps to help protect you from the virus. 

 

What to do if someone in your home gets sick:

Monitor the patient’s symptoms. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen. Or, call 911 if the patient experiences any emergency warning signs for COVID-19.

If someone in your home is sick, that person should self-isolate. This should include having that person:

  • Sleep in a separate bedroom.
  • Use a separate restroom, if available.
  • Use separate household items. Never share utensils, cups, dishes, towels, bedding, toothpaste, etc.
  • Wear a mask if they must leave their room.
  • Cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash their hands often.

Be careful about disinfecting your home.

Monitor your health, too. Contact your healthcare provider if new symptoms start. Self-quarantine if you are a caregiver or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Read more guidelines from the CDC.

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