Older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. It is crucial to reduce the exposure of these individuals to prevent infection.
What You Need to Know
Older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions are at the highest risk of experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of sickness caused by the novel coronavirus. These include:
- Adults age 65 and over.
- Individuals with pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, COPD, asthma, and diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that current studies suggest that serious illness occurs in 16% of these cases.
The Administration for Community Living website has specific advice for older adults and people with disabilities on how to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after initial exposure. These include Fever, Cough, and/or Shortness of Breath.
If you or someone you know is showing symptoms associated with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider immediately. Tell them about your recent travel or contacts and work with them to determine if testing is needed.
See the County of Nevada website on protecting vulnerable people for more information.
You can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Follow these tips:
- Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water), especially before eating or touching your face.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Avoid exposure to anyone who is symptomatic and don’t have visitors over who have fever, cough, or sore throat.
- Maintain a healthy distance of six feet when in contact with the general public and avoid crowded settings.
- Avoid touching surfaces and use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) if you do.
If someone you know is vulnerable to COVID-19, you can help them prepare by:
- Assisting with delivery of groceries or other needs.
- Encouraging them to prepare with a 2-week supply of medication, food, and other supplies.
Information & Updates
For local information and updates, see the County of Nevada’s Coronavirus webpage or call 211 Connecting Point by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211 to speak with a local call agent.