The COVID-19 outbreak has made older adults the most vulnerable. Because their immune systems are weaker, older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, are the most compromised in the general population.
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the main symptoms of COVID-19 for older people include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Not everyone with COVID-19 will experience symptoms, or they may be mild enough that they are dismissed, but they can still be contagious.
For these reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued a warning that older people are at the highest risk for serious illness amid this outbreak. The World Health Organization has recommended several steps for caretakers of older adults to take during the outbreak that will help alleviate their anxiety:
Similarly, the CDC recommends that families:
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