Elderly Americans and people with underlying health conditions should stock up on food and prepare to isolate themselves at home since they are the most at risk of getting seriously ill from the coronavirus, a senior health official said Monday.
The advice is part of new recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at the most vulnerable populations and stems partly from a new study of 70,000 Chinese patients with the virus.
“Have enough household items and groceries so that you will be prepared to stay home for a period of time,” Nancy Messonnier, a senior CDC official, said in a conference call Monday.
Messonnier said the findings from the study determined that about 15 to 20 percent of the Chinese patients studied developed serious illness.
Risk of serious illness increased for patients 60 and older and was the highest for people 80 and older.
Existing health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, also increases the risk.
People in these high-risk categories should avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid crowds in poorly ventilated spaces, and avoid all non-essential travel like plane trips, according to the CDC.
With Post wires