How to deal with COVID-19 when you are over 65
I have been exposed to it

Catching the infection

Stay at home

Stay at home in self-isolation especially if you are in the vulnerable group.  How long? This is not clear yet but you should plan for several weeks, a week at a time.  Current medical advice from infectious disease experts who have dealt with similar epidemics is that it could be until June.   The advice for older people staying at home is similar to people in self-quarantine.

Plan 7 days of isolation

Plan what to do every day in case you need to stay at home for several weeks.

Watch for symptoms and plan what to do if they occur - keep your Medicare insurance details and your doctor’s contact information handy. 

Personal hygiene is very important – washing your hands frequently, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and so on.  Follow basic hygiene around the home, especially the bathroom and kitchen, cleaning down those surfaces that get frequently touched.  Don’t share towels and silverware. Sleep alone and use a separate bathroom if you can.  

Keep taking your usual medicines.  Exercise, eat well, and stay balanced - informed but careful about rumors and fraud.

Call your doctor for advice

Keep your doctor’s number on your phone.  Are there alternative numbers to call?