Who is at higher risk of severe illness?
- Older adults (60+ years old)
- People who have serious chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
- People who have compromised immune systems, like cancer patients
- People who are pregnant
Prevention for at-risk groups:
The vaccine is the best defense we have against COVID-19. If individuals in high-risk groups are not vaccinated, it's recommended that they continue to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while in public.
- Have a plan if you get sick.
- Talk to your doctor for more information about monitoring your personal health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
- Determine who can provide you with care and bring supplies if needed
- Have supplies on hand. If you get sick, you may need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. Prepare for this possibility by making sure you have things you will need, such as:
- Extra prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications and other medical supplies (such as tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms
- Other household items and groceries
- Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you feel like you are developing symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face