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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations:

Older Adults

Updated 3/26/2020


For up to date information on COVID-19 visit health.mesacounty.us

Latest Update March 26, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6 a.m. Colorado is officially under a stay at home order. Information and guidance will be updated as information is available. For the full order click here.  

March 16, 2020

What is Novel Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include; fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The incubation period ranges from 2-14 days. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Older Adults (60+ years old) are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. 

Here are some actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick:

Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed

Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others

Stock up on supplies

Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick -

Family and Caregivers can take these actions

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Obtain Accurate Information

In rapidly changing health events and outbreaks such as COVID-19, there can be large amounts of incorrect or partially correct information that can add to stress and confusion. Providing current, accurate, and frequent updates can help reduce stress and fear.

Get the most up-to-date and accurate information from:

Adapted from: Centers for Disease Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization, Colorado Department of Human Services.