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Precautions for High Risk Groups

As Alaska’s economy begins to reopen, Alaskans 65 and older and anyone with an underlying medical condition should continue to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • Stay home as much as possible.

  • Ask others to do errands for you.

  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand – or have them delivered.

  • Monitor your health and contact a local health care provider for testing at the first sign that you may be sick.

Let’s keep the lid on COVID-19. We can support our elders by connecting with them virtually and asking what we can do to help.

Recommendations for seniors and high risk groups

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based on what we know, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

    • People who have serious heart conditions

    • People who are immunocompromised
      Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication

  • People with severe obesity

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and

  • People with liver disease

What you can do

People who are at higher risk for severe illness should follow these steps to help reduce their risk of getting sick with COVID-19:
  • Continue your medications and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your doctor.

  • Have at least a 2-week supply of prescription and non-prescription medications. Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about getting an extra supply (i.e., more than two weeks) of prescription medications, if possible, to reduce trips to the pharmacy.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about whether your vaccinations are up-to-date. People older than 65 years, and those with many underlying conditions, such as those who are immunocompromised or with significant liver disease, are recommended to receive vaccinations against influenza and pneumonia.

  • Do not delay getting emergency care for your underlying condition because of COVID-19. Emergency departments have contingency infection prevention plans to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need care for your underlying condition.

  • If you need emergency help, call 9-1-1. Call your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about your underlying medical conditions or if you get sick and think that you may have COVID-19. 

Resources from CDC


 Higher risk groups: CDC syndicated content