Advice for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

March 17, 2020

Advice for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Older people are at higher risk of getting severe illness from coronavirus. That's why the health experts recommend self-isolation at home for people 60 or older, especially if they have underlying heart or lung issues.

"Keep your distance from others, including your own family," suggests Dr. Wayne McCormick, head of gerontology and geriatric medicine at UW Medicine. "I know that’s difficult because many people in our community are very attached to their children, their great grandchildren. The thing to do these days is to stay connected with them on the phone, not in person."

McCormick offers other advice, such as using telemedicine for doctor's appointments and getting groceries delivered.

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