The coronavirus (COVID-19) is the disease caused by the virus responsible for the current global outbreak.
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COVID-19 is a disease caused by a type of coronavirus, which is a family of viruses common in humans and many different animals. Viruses in this family can cause respiratory illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Cases of COVID-19 can be mild, but others can be more severe and occasionally deadly—especially for those living with other chronic health conditions.
Note that as of November 2021, upwards of 85% of adults 65 years or older across the country were fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness declines after the primary series. The CDC strongly recommends a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for all adults 65 years and older to protect against symptomatic infection and severe disease from COVID-19. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) created this helpful video to give older adults and caregivers an overview of unique concerns when it comes to COVID-19 and age:
Finding Information You Can Trust
It can be challenging to find expert information you can trust when it comes to health. In addition to HealthinAging.org, we suggest relying on organizations like the following:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- CDC videos in American Sign Language (ASL)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Information on Telehealth for Patients & Families - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Información sobre telesalud para pacientes y familias - en Español
Encouraging Others to Take Care of Themselves
If you are a trusted partner or caregiver to the older adult community, you are in an important position to share clear, complete, and accurate messages about COVID-19 and to encourage others to get vaccinated. This Older Adult Toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a variety of resources you can use to take action, including fact sheets, flyers, and social media graphics.