I’m over 60, should I go shopping? | UW Medicine

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I’m over 60, should I go shopping? | UW Medicine

By UW Medicine | Newsroom

Older people are at higher risk of getting severe illness from coronavirus.

More than 50% of the confirmed cases in Washington state have been in individuals who are 60 or older. That’s why the health experts recommend self-isolation at home for people 60 or older, especially if they have underlying heart or lung issues.

“Keep your distance from others, including your own family,” suggests Dr. Wayne McCormick, head of gerontology and geriatric medicine at UW Medicine. “I know that’s difficult because many people in our community are very attached to their children, their grandchildren.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made a plea on Monday for those over 60 to self-isolate, and avoid going to museums, shopping, or visiting with grandkids. McCormick also suggests using telemedicine for doctor’s appointments.




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