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Patient-specific guidelines

Although anyone can contract COVID-19, people with existing chronic health conditions and those over age 60 are more likely to experience symptoms and complications when infected with a virus, including COVID-19.

Here you’ll find additional guidance for people with specific medical conditions and concerns.

The best way everyone, including those with medical conditions, can protect themselves from COVID-19 is through common-sense prevention measures:

  • Practice physical distancing (social distancing). Don’t shake hands, avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, sneezing and visiting public areas. Alcohol-based sanitizers and wipes with at least 60% alcohol are also good options for hand hygiene.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected at your home, workplace and school
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or showing signs of an illness
  • Wear a homemade cloth or fabric mask if you must leave your home. Here are DIY instructions from the CDC on how to make and wear cloth face coverings.

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