CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to stock up on goods and buckle down for a lengthy stay at home

Many Americans will be exposed to COVID-19 over the next year or so with many people in the U.S. getting sick, a top CDC official said Monday, recommending that people over 60 and anyone with chronic medical conditions buckle down for a lengthy stay home.

People over 60 and those with health conditions are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. This does not mean that healthy people under 60 are not at risk from COVID-19. Public health policies like staying at home and avoiding groups apply to everyone.

Stocking up on supplies in case of any public emergency (including COVID-19) is the recommendation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Their preparation checklists are at Ready.gov.