Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You may have heard a lot recently about “coronavirus” or COVID-19, the virus responsible for a current global outbreak.

COVID-19 is 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. Learn more with these resources from the AGS Health in Aging Foundation:

Five Things to Know Right Now About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

How to Talk to Older Adults about COVID-19

The Facts on Testing for COVID-19

How to Practice Social Distancing

12 Ways to Ease Isolation While You’re Practicing Social Distancing

Coping with COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Keep Safe from COVID-19 with Careful Home Cleaning and Disinfecting Strategies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also 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: