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ROME, ITALY - MARCH 06: An elderly woman wearing a protective mask sitting in a wheelchair is pushed down the street on March 6, 2020 in Rome, Italy. The average age of Italian patients who have died in relation to Covid-19 is 81 years, they were mostly men (female numbers 28, equal to 26.7%) and in more than two thirds of cases they had three or more pre-existing pathologies. This is what emerges from an analysis of the data of 105 Italian patients, conducted by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, which underlines that there are 20 years of difference between the average age of the deceased and that of coronavirus positive patients . The elderly are now isolated in nursing homes and after the ban on visiting relatives, the residences for the elderly use electronic devices for video calls. The city hall of Rome has decreed the closure of the centers for the elderly to limit the spread of the virus. Sixteen virus-positive seniors were found in a bowling club in the Bologna area. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

People ages 60 and up are at higher risk of novel coronavirus infection. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing, and it’s primarily spread between people. Here’s how older adults can prepare and protect themselves from the novel coronavirus. This guidance comes from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
What to Do if You Get Sick
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Know when to get emergency help
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.

Source: CDC

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