Certain people are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including:

  • Older adults, and
  • People with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and people with compromised immune systems. People at high risk for COVID-19 should pay attention for symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
If you feel you are developing symptoms, or have other symptoms that are severe or concerning, contact your medical provider.

Take action to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and warm water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (within about 6 feet) with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and cell phones.)
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra precaution.

Reduce your risk of exposure by placing distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others.

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house by family or community networks.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public spaces (for example handrails and elevator buttons).

Have a plan for if you get sick.

  • Work with your healthcare provider on any issues related to your health.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, or community health workers if you become sick.
  • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick.

Stock up on supplies and medications.

  • Consider using a mail-order pharmacy to get routine prescriptions.
  • Have extra over the counter medicines and medical supplies on hand.
  • Have enough cleaning supplies and food to last an extended period of time.

For more information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus