As coronavirus spreads, warnings become more urgent for the elderly and frail

As coronavirus spreads, warnings become more urgent for the elderly and frail
A coronavirus. CDC: Dr. Fred Murphy & Sylvia Whitfield

[Ed. – Playing it safe if you’re a member of an at-risk population]

As public health officials move to confront the coronavirus, they are targeting their most urgent messages to the elderly and frail who are at greatest risk from COVID-19.

California officials have been urging that group to avoid large public gathering, travel and events. The Santa Clara city library is canceling all programs for the upcoming week, and most programs at the senior center. …

“If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it’s our responsibility to protect the vulnerable,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on NBC’s Meet the Press. “When I say protect, I mean right now. Not wait until things get worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don’t get on a cruise ship.”

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