Jacksonville, FL — There's a new health advisory in place for Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida's Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, is advising all individuals aged 65 and older to stay at home for the next 14 days to minimize their exposure to the virus.
"As we've seen with this virus, the folks who are 65 and plus, are the ones that have the best chance to suffer a negative outcome, and that's disproportionately so, when you talk about fatalities. So, we want to make sure that those folks are protected," explains DeSantis.
He says the message from the beginning has been to avoid crowds and close contact and he says the easiest way to do that is to stay at home as much as possible.
DeSantis says the advisory also applies to people with serious underlying medical condition.
"Some of those conditions are enumerated, like chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromisation, including those in cancer treatment, and severe obesity," says DeSantis.
He says those under 65 who have suffered serious hospitalizations or died, usually have been people with a serious underlying medical conditions.