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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced us to pay more attention to what we’re touching and do a better job of cleaning our hands and our houses.
Yet, it’s hard enough to remember not to touch your own face, let alone know how to ensure you don’t spread germs to a vulnerable relative.
For people who live with a loved one who could be more susceptible to complications from COVID-19, this is reality.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that older adults and people with underlying medical conditions — hypertension, lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, diabetes, severe obesity, and chronic heart conditions, among others — are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
To protect that vulnerable person in your household, you need to take some preventive steps to make it a coronavirus-free zone.
Beyond the advice to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover your coughs and sneezes, and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched areas (doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, handles, faucets, phones), add these steps to your prevention routine:
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You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Illinois Department of Public Health for additional information on COVID-19 and steps you can take to help prevent the spread.
Get more information about coronavirus from Healthy Driven Chicago.
The information in this article may change at any time due to the changing landscape of this pandemic. Read the latest on COVID-19.
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