What Seniors Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 17, 2020

It’s everywhere. Grocery stores, school closures, cancelled travel. The impact of the impending spread of Coronavirus (COVD-19) has swarmed us quicker than the actual virus. Many pre-emptive measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the US population. It is said that this virus will greatly impact seniors.

According to the CDC, the following groups of people are considered higher risk:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

COVID-19 Preventative Measures

Here are some helpful tips to avoid transmission of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Keep a safe, 6’ distance from others whenever possible.
  • Avoid groups of 10+ whenever possible. Send someone to run any errands you need.
  • Get extra medications as directed by your health care professional.
  • Use mail order systems for medications, but plan further ahead than you normally would.
  • Order enough supplies and groceries to last 2 weeks. Consider adding non-perishable food items to your inventory.
  • Don’t shake hands or give hugs. Save them up for when this blows over.
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces.
  • More tips from the CDC.

Stay home and avoid public contact as much as possible!

What Seniors Should Know

So, what do seniors need to know about the coronavirus?

For starters, think about backup plans. For instance, who could you call upon to help you shop for groceries? What restaurants deliver? What happens if your caregiver gets sick? Come up with contingency plans. Don’t become overly anxious about this, but diligent and wise in preparation.

Look out for Coronavirus Symptoms

We are still in the cold and flu season, and now we have a new virus to be on the lookout for. Take note of these Coronavirus symptoms as listed by the CDC:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

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

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What Seniors Should Do if They Contract COVID-19

First and foremost, follow your healthcare providers’ instructions. While some people can recover at home, others cannot. That decision needs to be made by a doctor. According to the World Health Organization, about 1 in 5 who catch the virus will need hospital care.

Currently, there’s a lot of information available online. However, we strongly recommend getting your information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.

Need Assistance?

Should you need help with grocery shopping, running errands, etc., but don’t have anyone to help with those tasks, please call us at 888-552-2412 TTY 711, Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 5pm PST, and we will get you in contact with some people in your area that can help.

Your care is our #1 concern.


If you have any questions on Medicare benefit coverage, we can get you connected with an agent right away.


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