Older Adults and Individuals with Weakened Immune Systems

Those above age 65 years of age, those with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions should self-isolate. This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. Older adults and those with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) are at higher risk of becoming ill. 

Preventative measures

It is important to take preventative measures to avoid all types of respiratory infections, including influenza:

  • If you must go out, practice social distancing and stay 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body's immune system.
  • Seek medical attention if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, or difficulty) or your condition worsens.

Prepare and plan

In addition to preventative measures, it is important to take care of yourself and prepare in case you get sick:

  • Ask friends, family or neighbours to get essential items such as groceries for you.
  • Continue with regular healthcare routines, such as taking medicine or attending appointments, as advised by your healthcare provider.
  • Make a plan with family, friends, neighbours and others outlining what to do if you become sick.
  • Only leave your home or see other people for essential reasons. Keep a space of 2 metres (6 feet) from visitors.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone, email or social media. 
  • Continue daily activities, such as reading, cleaning, cooking, and being physically active.
  • Keep up to date on COVID-19 through reputable sources.
  • If you are feeing anxious or worried, limit how often you watch, read or listen to the news.
  • Read more about who is at high risk, how to reduce your risk, and what to do if you have symptoms

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