There have been over 150,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the U.S. and there have been over 100,000 U.S. deaths from the Coronavirus as of May 26. Medical officials have confirmed that the elderly and people with underlying/chronic conditions are at increased risk to the Coronavirus.
Greater Risk of Covid-19
- Four in ten U.S. adults ages 18 and older (92.6 million of 246 million) have a higher risk of developing serious illness if they become infected with coronavirus, due to their older age (65 and older) or health condition.
- 55.2% or 51 million of those adults at higher risk of developing a serious illness are ages 65 and older; however, the remaining 41.4 million adults ages 18-64 are at risk due to an underlying medical condition.
- One group particularly at risk are the 1.3 million people living in nursing homes in the US.
- An estimated 5.1 million adults who are at higher risk of getting a serious illness if they become infected with coronavirus are uninsured.
(Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, kff.org)
Underlying Conditions at Greater Risk
The CDC reports that those at greater risk include:
- People with chronic lung disease, or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including people with cancer, smokers, bone marrow or organ transplant patients, those with immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or Aids, and patients with prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity
- People with diabetes, people with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
How to Reduce Your Risks
- Stay home if possible
- Wash your hands often
- Keep 6ft of space between yourself and others
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Be sure to adhere to your prescribed medication routine. An estimated 35 million Americans fail to adhere to their prescribed drug regimens.
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand. The CDC recommends you have a 7- to 10-day supply at home
- 30-day emergency refill.
- Consider using certified online/mail-order pharmacies for medications.
- Prescription importation from certified pharmacies can save you as much as 80%
- Direct home delivery reduces risk of contact with infection and contaminants
- People who opt for mail-order prescription fulfillment have fewer emergency room visits
- Refill prescription medications are available in 30 and 90 day supplies
- Getting your prescriptions delivered can help you stick to your treatment plan.
- Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19, your underlying condition or if you feel sick.
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