Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
What do we know?
The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Getting very sick means that older adults with COVID-19 might need hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they might even die. The risk increases for people in their 50s and increases in 60s, 70s, and 80s. People 85 and older are the most likely to get very sick. Other factors can also make you more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19, such as having certain underlying medical conditions.
Older adults, and those who live with, visit or provide care for them, need to take preventive measures to protect themselves from getting COVID-19, including:
- Getting vaccinated: it prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. People 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.
- Wearing a mask
- Practicing physical/social distancing
- Washing hands