A special note for our most vulnerable citizens:
In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Georgia is taking additional measures to protect all Georgians, including those most at risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. The measures include urging those most vulnerable to COVID-19 to socially isolate at home, such as people age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions that make them more susceptible to serious illness from the coronavirus.
Older adults, especially those with existing medical conditions (like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease), are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Anyone that may be at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick.
Have Necessary Supplies Ready
• Ask your healthcare provider about receiving extra necessary medications in case you need to stay home for longer than usual.
• Have over-the-counter medicines and supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms.
• Have enough groceries and supplies on hand in case you need to stay home for an extended period of time.
Take Everyday Steps to Prevent Infection
• Follow preventative steps against germs.
• Avoid crowds, especially in close environments.
• Avoid non-essential travel, including air travel, but especially cruise ships.
• Know who can provide care if your regular caregiver is ill.
Have a Plan if You Get Sick
• Watch for symptoms and warning signs of COVID-19 and call your doctor if you experience fever, cough or shortness of breath.
• Talk to your healthcare provider about monitoring symptoms.
• Have a communication plan to keep in contact with others if you become ill. Have phone numbers written down.
• Inform a family member or close friend who your healthcare providers are ahead of an emergency.
For Families and Caregivers
• Know what medications your loved ones take and see if you can help keep a supply on hand.
• Monitor food and medical supplies and create a back-up plan.
• Have a supply of non-perishable foods to minimize store trips.
• If you know someone living in a care facility, monitor the situation and ask about the facility’s outbreak plans and protocols.
Prevent the spread of Infection
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Get a flu shot!
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as counters, door knobs, desks, keyboards, tablets and phones.
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu and COVID-19.