CDC Advises Elderly to ‘Stock Up’ Amid Virus Crisis


With older Americans and those with underlying health conditions – hypertension in particular – the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is advising them to “stock up” for potential quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The CDC tweeted Monday:

“Older adults and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious outcomes, including death, if infected with #COVID19. See CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for serious illness:”

The CDC website lists the following guidelines for older adults and those that care for them:

Community Support for Older Adults

  • Community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration.

    • Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.

  • Long-term care facilities should be vigilant to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Information for long-term care facilities can be found here.

Family and Caregiver Support

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.

  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.

  • Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.

  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.