Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications.
- Older people with chronic
health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe
illness or complications from COVID-19.
- Most people with COVID-19 recover; however, people with chronic
diseases are also at higher risk of death if they become ill.
- Take the same measures as they do to avoid influenza,
colds and other illnesses such as washing their hands regularly and avoid touching their face.
- Avoid large gatherings and stay away from other people who are ill.
- If patients become sick with symptoms of a respiratory illness, call ahead so arrangements can be made to keep other patients safe.
- It is prudent to have at least a two-week supply of medications on hand.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued guidance for all Canadians on preparedness and COVID-19.
- The BC College of Pharmacists has information about visiting pharmacies and accessing medication.
- It’s important to ensure patients continue to receive medical care for chronic conditions.
- People with certain chronic conditions
(particularly people on medications that suppress the immune system) may consider “protective selfseparation.” This means staying separate from other people as much as possible.
- For many
people, staying at home for long periods will not be an option.
- If there is widespread local transmission of
COVID-19, people with chronic conditions should consider reducing their exposure to large gatherings,
particularly those where they will be in close contact with others.