Press Release from The Alliance for Aging Research

Aging and Infectious Diseases Experts Urge Businesses, Schools, and Government to Work Together to Mitigate Community Spread of COVID-19 and Help Protect Older Adults and Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
Alliance for Aging Research and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases issued the following release about the rapidly-spreading novel coronavirus, or COVID-19: 
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – The Alliance for Aging Research (Alliance) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) are urging businesses, schools, and federal and state governments to work together to mitigate community spread of COVID-19 and help protect older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and/or diabetes), who are at higher risk of serious illness and death from the virus. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued advisories to these high-risk groups instructing them to avoid crowds, non-essential travel, and cruise ships. The Alliance and NFID have developed an online resource “Common Questions and Answers about COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions” to provide up-to-date information, ways for people to help each other, and credible resources for additional guidance.

According to William Schaffner, M.D., NFID medical director, adults age 60 years and older should strongly consider avoiding non-essential travel and other activities such as attending crowded events, family gatherings, and religious services. “Older adults and those with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, should keep this advice top of mind: The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is to reduce your contact with others,” he said.

“With COVID-19, we all need to examine our responsibility to each other as we think about how to govern our behavior. We can’t think of this epidemic solely in terms of our personal risk. We need to act collectively in a cooperative manner to help protect older adults age 60 years and older and those with chronic conditions,” said Susan Peschin, MHS, president and CEO of the Alliance.

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Here is another resource:

The Alliance partnered with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to create a free, easy to understand resource with the most common questions and answers about the virus. The resource is available online here: https://bit.ly/2TLod0g