Do visit the information and links on our Coronavirus and COVID-19 Information: Santa Clara County and California guide for up to date information on current requirements and for more links to resources for medical assistance, economic support, and coping with this pandemic.
Emergency hotlines and "warm lines" for information, referrals and support during the pandemic:
As we learn more about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it appears that people of all ages can transmit the virus, but disease symptoms tend to be more severe in older people. Fatalities from COVID-19 are much higher in people over 70 than in those under 60.
Based on what we know now, The Centers for Disease Control warns that those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
The Centers for Disease Control warns to get medical treatment immediately if these symptoms appear:
Many programs for seniors and other at-risk people are described on:
One of the most heart-breaking aspects of COVID-19 is that people who are seriously ill are separated from their family and friends. If they're on a ventilator they may not be able to tell the healthcare team how they wish to be treated. While this pandemic is raging, it is a very good idea for us all to think about our preferences, and to document those in an Advance Care Directive.
The information in our Later Life Planning guide is all relevant during the pandemic. To help people think about their wishes if they get seriously ill with COVID-19, the Conversation Project has these quick information documents:
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