What can I do about COVID-19?
My name is Gordon Doig and I am an epidemiologist who has worked in critical care for more than 20 years. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Like you, I have tried to keep up to date on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China. Because I don't see a lot of truly useful information coming from the mainstream media, I have been going directly to credible sources like the World Health Organisation. The purpose of this page is to describe in plain language what the WHO recommends and to provide links to WHO content so you can understand exactly what they are saying.
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Protecting Vulnerable and High Risk People
Based on current evidence, the WHO believes periods of tight restrictions with low-level spread of COVID-19 will be followed by recurring epidemic waves (large or small) when restrictions are relaxed. Because of the high risk of recurring epidemic waves, if your government lifts stay at home orders and reopens businesses, it is important for high risk people to remain protected.
COVID-19 is often more severe in people who are older than 60 years or who have health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, lung or heart disease or conditions that affect their immune system.