People who are age 60 or older, or who have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney or lung disease, are at risk for more serious COVID-19 disease. If you are in these groups, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure. To reduce your risk:
- Stay at home as much as possible, especially if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Make sure you have several weeks of prescription medicines and supplies such as tissues and fever to treat fever and other symptoms if you develop them.
- Avoid crowds and close contact with people who are sick.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who appear sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand in case you have to stay home for a period of time.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places. If you must touch something, use a tissue or sleeve to cover your hand or finger. Wash your hands as soon as possible, and sanitize your cell phones.
- Avoid touching any part of your face.
- Make a plan for what to do if you get sick: people to contact if you need help getting groceries, medicines, etc.
What if I get sick?
General symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Stay home and call your health care provider; let them know about your symptoms. If you do not need hospitalization, you can recover at home.
If you develop emergency symptoms, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. This list is not inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning. Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.
Wendell Board of Health:
Barbara Craddock, Chair
Wibby Swedberg, Health Agent