If you have any symptoms or are at risk, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others.
Coronavirus symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Some people are at higher risk to get very sick from COVID-19, including:
- People over 65 years old
- People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
CDC identifies several other conditions which might increase risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you are at higher risk, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself:
- Stay home. It’s the most important thing you can do.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick. Isolate anyone sick in your home in a separate room, if possible.
- Get food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks. Wipe off containers with disinfectant wipes.
- Listen to public health officials. They may recommend community actions to reduce exposure in times of local outbreak.
For more information, visit the CDC’s website.
Caregivers can find resources at the Department of Aging website, including guidelines to protect the health and safety of both you and your loved one from COVID-19.
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