Dr. Gelb says he’s encouraging all of his older patients, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions or compromised immune function, to closely adhere to the CDC’s advice and stay home as much as possible. Individuals with compromised immune function can include cancer patients, individuals who take biologic medications for arthritis and transplant recipients.
“There’s no reason to take unnecessary risks,” he says. “The best way to avoid becoming sick from the coronavirus is to avoid exposure to it.”
In addition to encouraging seniors to stay home, Dr. Gelb says seniors should also follow other steps outlined by the CDC to help protect themselves.
- Stock up on supplies such as food, prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines to treat fever and flu-like symptoms.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and ears.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- Consider mail-ordering medications.
- If you do venture out, practice social distancing to reduce face-to-face contact with others.
- Use disinfectant to regularly clean your home. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
- Stay abreast of what’s happening in the community and follow local, state and federal recommendations.