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Coronavirus and elder adults What to know and how to prepare

People aged 60 and over are at higher risk of the novel coronavirus disease.

Symptoms include dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and is mostly circulated by people.

Here's how mature adults can get ready and protect themselves from the coronavirus

This advice comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drs. Carla Perissinotto and Samir Sinha, both geriatricians.

Note: Recommendations for COVID-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the CDC for updates.

Take precautions

Cancel nonessential doctor's appointments Schedule telehealth sessions for appointments you can't miss Designate an emergency contact Wash your hands frequently (scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water) Use hand sanitizer when soap isn't available

Stock up

Make sure you have enough groceries and household products to last you a "prolonged period " at home Prescription medication may be challenging to get ahead of time, so consider mail ordering