The following terms have been largely used in the context of this pandemic situation caused the new coronavirus Covid-19. For clarity, this page contains the definitions considered for use in this website.
# Essential supplies or emergency supplies
What you should make sure to have in your house when preparing for a 14-days quarantine situation. For more information on this refer to [T3](F1: Preparing for Coronavirus Lock-Down | Coronavirus Toolkit).
# Bellevue Fire Department Video On Essential Supplies
# Quarantine area
A specific space in your household designated to allow for a separation between infected members of a household and to decrease the risk of contamination and infection of other people. This space can consist of separate rooms or, if not possible, separating it as much as possible from any other communal space in a dwelling. For more information on this refer to [T6](F2: Living in a Household with Someone with Coronavirus Symptoms | Coronavirus Toolkit).
# Vulnerable or 'at-risk' person
There are two possible meanings for these terms. One of them refers to people that have a higher risk of getting infected with coronavirus, taking into account their common surroundings and interaction with other people - e.g. Health professionals, people who are caring for a sick person), while the other considers the risk of developing a severe illness if infection with Covid-19 occurs, which is higher for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. A clear-cut definition of the conditions which contribute to a higher risk of severe illness is not easy to establish, but in general terms the CDC considers:
- People 65 years and older;
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility;
- People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, including:
- 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 medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
# Information for people who are at higher risk for severe illness
The CDC updates a page with special information for high risk people.