How to deal with COVID-19 when you are over 65
Food and medicines

Eating and drinking as usual

Food and vitamins

If you have been advised to take vitamins by your own doctor then continue to take them.  For most people, unless they have chronic bowel disease, daily vitamins and supplements are not necessary and do not promote better health.  A diet that includes fresh green vegetables, fish, citrus fruits together with plenty of sunlight is a natural substitute for them. There is no truth in rumors that particular foods, drinks or supplements affect the virus in any way.  It is important that you stick to your usual diet and calories intake without major changes. If you are constipated continue to manage it carefully.

Take your usual medicines

Ask relatives or friends to pick these up for you or have them mailed to you.  There is no evidence of the virus being present on or transmitted through the mail. Continue to take all the medications prescribed for you.  There is no medicine that treats the virus yet although various ones are being tested.  Do not expect any of these to be available anytime soon. It will take many months of testing to be certain they work and are safe to use.  Do not trust anyone who wants you to send money or give them your personal information to support vaccine or treatment development.  It is a fraud. There is no reported shortage of any medicines by any pharmacy in Colorado.  If you are worried about running out of them then call your doctor’s office or favorite pharmacy and ask about having them delivered by mail.  All the major drug plans support mail order and usually will send you 3 month’s supply for the cost of only two months.  If cost is a concern then ask your doctor about getting generic drugs that are generally less expensive than brand name ones.  Ask also whether you are eligible for the “Extra Help” program. There are no reliable studies on any difference between using ibuprofen or acetaminophen in COVID-19.

Drinking enough water

Staying well-hydrated is healthy.  Not all water has to be bottled.   If you are concerned about it then boil it first or use a purifying system such as Brita. Does water from the faucet carry the virus? No, says WHO, “it has not been detected in drinking water. The risk is low.” The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment follows strict EPA regulations about purifying water to remove all pathogens including viruses.