COVID-19: Staying Connected and Healthy

We’re in this together.

It is important that we are all taking the proper precautions when dealing with COVID-19, especially older adults. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure you and your household are prepared during this time.

Know the facts. It is crucial that you avoid misinformation during this time. Make sure you are getting updates from a reliable news source, like the Center for Disease Control website. Here you will be able find the facts about COVID-19 and find the latest updates.

Protect yourself. Make sure you are washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This especially important if you have recently been in public, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Take time to clean and sanitize frequently.

Have a plan if you get sick. Pay attention to any possible COVID-19 symptoms and warning signs, including, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor or someone on your emergency contact list. It is better to be too cautious in these situations than to not act soon enough.

Remain at home. It is best that you stay home until you receive further guidance. You should cancel any non-essential travel, meetings or appointments you have. In the case of any routine and non-urgent medical care, contact your health care provider and discuss rescheduling. This is beneficial to not only your safety, but reduces the strain put on doctors during this time.

Have supplies on hand. Contact your healthcare provider and talk to them about obtaining extra necessary medications to make sure you are covered for at least the next 30 days. You can also ask your doctor if it is possible to receive a 90-day prescription. Take this time to restock any over-the-counter drugs and health supplies you may need, including pain relievers, cough and cold medicine, vitamins, tissues and soap.

Identify your support system. Check in with your family members, friends and neighbors and create a support system to help you during this time. Work with them to create a list of contacts of people who can assist you, when they are available, and their contact information. Have them pick up medications, groceries, pet food, and other necessities so that you are prepared

Avoid peak times. If you are in a situation that you must leave the house and go to a public area, go early in the morning or later in the evening. This will help you practice good social distancing and avoid any crowded areas. Take advantage of stores that are providing special shopping hours for older adults. Participating stores include Publix, Target, Walmart, Dollar General, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods and others.

Stay in touch. Just because you are staying home does not mean you cannot interact with your friends and family by phone, email or video chat. Consider setting up daily phone calls with your friends, or video chatting with your family in the evenings. If you are interested in learning more about video chatting, check out FaceTime, Skype, Google Duo, or WhatsApp. They are all great for providing a more interactive call experience. It is important that you are still communicating with others so that you can let them know how you are feeling, ask them for assistance and receive any additional updates from them.

Other Resources:

United Way is currently matching up to $100,000 in donations to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund through our website for those who need it most. Learn more about this fund and it’s impact here.

Stay up-to-date on the latest United Way event and meeting schedule changes here.

See what you can do as a member of our community to slow the spread of COVID-19 here.

Read tips on engaging children at home here.