In light of the current pandemic, the Injury Prevention Program has chosen to temporarily include some vital information on Coronavirus for Boston's older adult population on our program site.
COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know
Older adults and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19 and should contact their healthcare provider for additional steps to stay protected.
Below are ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- WASH YOUR HANDS, OFTEN, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and especially after coughing, blowing your nose, sneezing and being in a public space. Be sure to clean under your nails as well. Remember: avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- USE HAND SANITIZER with at least 60% alcohol when you are not able to wash your hands. According to the CDC "sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers".
- AVOID CLOSE CONTACT with others, especially those who appear sick. Keep in mind that not everyone who is sick will look and act sick. Keeping a distance of at least 6ft (the average size of a three cushion sofa) is important to reduce your risk of exposure. Remember: a cough or sneeze can reach farther than 6ft.
- STAY HOME as much as possible. If you are sick, call your healthcare provider for advice or immediately call 911 if your symptoms are severe. For free COVID-19 online screenings click HERE.
- CLEAN AND DISINFECT frequently touched surfaces such as:
- light switches
- bathroom and kitchen faucets
- keys if you've been traveling
- and your mobile phone and landline
Here are tips from the CDC on Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone is Sick.
Additional Community Resources for COVID-19
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING
CITY of BOSTON
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS CLICK HERE.
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?
Call 311 or 211
Call the Mayor's Healthline:
617-534-5050 or Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710