While there is controversy over the real risks of COVID-19, there’s no question people over 80 and individuals with an impaired immune system or other medical problems such as lung or heart disease are more at risk of severe illness or death if they contract the virus. We’re learning more about COVID-19 every day, including how it spreads and what can be done to prevent illness. We are actively monitoring the progression of information as issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and our local and state governments.

Navigating all of the information can be overwhelming. Staying informed and practicing the preventative measures we’ve listed below can help women stay healthy.

Symptoms

Symptoms for the COVID-19 virus are similar to the cold or flu and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to further health complications.

Symptoms may include:

Prevention

The World Health Organization and CDC recommend the following prevention measures:

If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to areas identified with the virus, seek medical care and be sure to take preventative measures, such as hand washing and respiratory hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.

For updates and more information please visit www.CDC.gov, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).