By: Thomas G. Bognanno, President and CEO for CHC;
-Everyone’s talking about the growing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) as the U.S. declared a state of emergency on Friday and many states have initiated steps to slow the virus’ spread through “social distancing,” including cancelling large events, closing schools, and encouraging people to remain at home.
While the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is low for most Americans, older adults and people with serious health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of getting very sick — and dying — from this illness. Why? Because immune systems are less effective when compromised by disease or age.
For the average American, we’ve all heard the best practices to help reduce the spread of the disease — from washing hands to disinfecting high-touch surfaces, to staying home. And it’s not just about you; by taking precautions, you can help prevent the spread to someone else who may be at much higher risk.
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