Precautions for High-Risk Patients

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:

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 social 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*:

  • Fever
  • 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.