COVID-19 Resources

     Latest updates at www.HawaiiCOVID19.com

 

FOR EVERYONE

Making healthy choices every day can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for many chronic diseases.  Start living healthy at home by staying active, eating nutritious foods, and living tobacco-free.

FOR PEOPLE AT RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS FROM COVID-19

CHRONIC DISEASES

Older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or asthma are at higher risk for developing serious health problems from COVID-19.  In addition to everyday preventive measures, take these steps to help protect yourself:

  • Continue to take your medications on time and as directed
  • Make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your medications and supplies
  • Continue to monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations for diet and exercise while maintaining physical distancing precautions
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you feel sick or have concerns about your condition
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an emergency occurs. Seek care during emergencies for life-saving treatment.

Emergency Care for Heart Disease During COVID-19 PSA
Maintaining Heart Health During COVID-19 PSA

CANCER AND IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

If you are undergoing cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system, you are more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19.  In addition to everyday preventive measures, take action to help protect yourself:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Continue medications or treatment as directed
  • Make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your medications
  • Maintain contact with your healthcare team if you are receiving cancer treatment
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you feel sick or develop symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/immunocompromised.html

Regular Screening is Still Important

If you had an appointment for screening that was postponed or canceled, talk to your healthcare team about when to reschedule. Your provider can discuss balancing the risks and benefits of being screened now or postponing for a later date, considering your personal and family history, other risk factors, and the timing of your last screening test.

SMOKING AND VAPING

Smoking and vaping may increase your chances of getting sick because bringing your hand to your mouth repeatedly can transfer the virus to your body.  Smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system, making you more likely to become seriously ill and require hospitalization if you get COVID-19.

  • Quit smoking and vaping now to reduce your risk.  The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline can help.  They provide counseling, nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges at no cost, and the services are available for adults and youth, ages 13+.

Hawaii Tobacco Quitline COVID-19 Risks

For more information on these and other groups at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, visit the CDC website.

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