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.
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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:
    • doorknobs
    • light switches
    • toilets
    • bathroom and kitchen faucets 
    • countertops
    • keys if you've been traveling
    • keyboards
    • and your mobile phone and landline

Here are tips from the CDC oCleaning & Disinfecting Your Home: Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone is Sick.

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Additional Community Resources for COVID-19
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING
CITY of BOSTON

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