Directory of State Helplines for #COVID19. Be acquainted and share with others!
The elderly and patients with chronic illnesses are advised to follow the advice and recommendations of the Center of Disease Control, as the situation is ever evolving. Patients are advised to follow these general precautions:
- Wash your hands as thoroughly and as often as possible.
- Follow best practices for good health such as staying hydrated, eating well, and getting plenty of rest.
- While there is no need to completely isolate yourself, do consider what travel or events are necessary. If you can, stay home.
- Be prepared if you are required to stay home by ensuring you are have access to food, medications, and other required items.
- Have a plan in place with family or caretakers in the event that you are not able to get out of your home.
- Clarify with your health care provider if there are any specific instructions you should be following for your health circumstances.
- Know the symptoms of the COVID-19, which can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, aches and pains
- Know how to contact your doctor if you feel unwell or exhibit symptoms. In particular, if you develop a fever with cough or shortness of breath, call your primary care physician (it is better to call or have a telehealth visit rather than visit in person unless directed otherwise)
- Know where to get reliable information and updates on COVID-19. Here are some that FPN recommends:
For an easy-to-understand info sheet on the COVID-19:
Hesperian Health info sheet on COVID-19
For reliable and timely updates: