COVID-19: Who is at risk?

At Riverwood Healthcare, we want to make sure everyone knows how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19—especially those who are most at risk. While anyone can get COVID-19, some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes:

• Older adults age 65 years and older
• People who have serious underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, or diabetes

Because there is currently no specific treatment for or vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. If you have a serious underlying medical condition, it is important to take extra precautions to protect yourself. Follow these recommendations by the CDC:
• Wash your hands often.
• Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who are sick.
• Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
• Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
• Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.
• For more information on steps you can take to protect yourself, see CDC’s How to Protect Yourself

Beginning April 6, Riverwood began offering virtual video appointments so you can connect with your provider from the comfort of your home. Those with underlying health conditions are urged to connect with their providers to learn how they can stay as healthy as possible. To schedule a virtual video or phone visit with your Riverwood provider, call the main appointment line at 218-927-2157 or toll-free at 1-888-270-1882.

For more information, including specific actions to take for older adults, pregnant women, and people with Asthma or HIV, visit cdc.gov/covid19.

Watch this video on “COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjcoN9Aek24

We can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Together, we will.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)