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Message to AARP Chapters


At AARP, our main concern is the health and welfare of our members, staff, and Chapter leaders. We urge you to follow the CDC’s guidance during this outbreak to avoid contracting the virus or spreading it to others. We also urge you to use your discretion and good judgement when holding Chapter meetings, attending any AARP event or any other public event. According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent illness and help reduce the spread of respiratory diseases, includes:

  • Staying home when you are sick

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


We suggest that if you are holding a meeting or event that you have “standard prevention kits” on hand including:

  • hand sanitizer

  • disinfecting wipes

  • tissues

  • gloves

  • masks, if available


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