Coronavirus Information and Tips to Stay Safe
Get Ready for COVID-19
Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your 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.
Have supplies on hand
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- 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. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Take everyday precautions
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Take everyday preventive actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example; tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
- Coronavirus Tips for Caregiver of Elders with Memory Disorders
- Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
- Tips from the Alzheimer's Association: https://alz.org/help-support/caregiving/coronavirus-(covid-19)-tips-for-dementia-care
- General COVID-19 Info and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- COVID-19 Situation Summary https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html
- COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html
- Common Questions and Answers about COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/common/AOA%20-%20Alliance%20for%20Aging%20Rsch%20-%20Natl%20Fdn%20for%20ID%20-%203-12-20.pdf
- What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
- Cool stuff to do while social distancing https://www.myeldersource.org/cool-stuff-to-do-while-social-distancing/