The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Severe illness means that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, a ventilator to help them breathe, or may even die.
Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick
Everyone, especially older adults and others at increased risk of severe illness, should take steps to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.
Steps to Reduce Your Risk
- Get Vaccinated: Click here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine!
- Wear a mask, when you interact with others.
- Limit your in-person interactions with people who do not live in your household as much as possible, particularly when indoors.
- Keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about 2 arm lengths).
- Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and things you touch often.