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Protecting Those Most At-Risk from Coronavirus

Thomas G. Bognanno
Mar 16 · 2 min read

Everyone’s talking about the growing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) as the U.S. declared a state of emergency on Friday and many states have initiated steps to slow the virus’ spread through “social distancing,” including cancelling large events, closing schools, and encouraging people to remain at home.

While the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is low for most Americans, older adults and people with serious health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of getting very sick — and dying — from this illness. Why? Because immune systems are less effective when compromised by disease or age.

For the average American, we’ve all heard the best practices to help reduce the spread of the disease — from washing hands to disinfecting high-touch surfaces, to staying home. And it’s not just about you; by taking precautions, you can help prevent the spread to someone else who may be at much higher risk.

For those individuals with serious health conditions, check out these helpful resources from our nonprofit partners, designed for specific at-risk communities, including:

As with any crisis, take precautions, communicate with your family and health professionals, and listen to local officials. The more you learn, the more you can properly prepare and respond.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, or National Institutes for Health pages.

Thomas G. Bognanno

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Thomas G. Bognanno has been the President and CEO of Community Health Charities since January 2006.

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