If you are at high risk or an older adult, UW Health recommends you review the Center for Disease Control’s advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Populations at additional risk include:
- Those who have heart disease
- Those with diabetes
- Those with lung disease, including asthma
- Those who are taking immune suppression drugs
- Those who are being treated for cancer
- Anyone age 60+
As we address the situation in our community, you should be doing the following:
Prepare for your needs 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
- Medications – Contact your healthcare provider to ask about ensuring you have the necessary medications for a prolonged stay at home
- 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 that do contract COVID-19 are able to quarantine and recover at home.
Practice physical distancing and limit your exposure to others
- Try to put distance between yourself and other people (six feet apart is a good rule)
- Stay home as much as possible
- Consider ways of getting food dropped off at your house through family, social or commercial networks
Have plans for contacting your provider and support network
- Have a plan if you get sick. Talk to your loved ones about your plan, create an emergency contact list and identify aid organizations in your community.
- Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
- Determine who can provide you with care
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.