The head of the World Health Organisation advised people over the age of 60 to avoid crowded areas - such as public transport and supermarkets - to prevent catching coronavirus.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also urged people in this age group to skip routine appointments at GP surgeries and in hospitals, as they are at a higher risk of developing a severe case of Covid-19.
Communicating via social media platform Twitter, Dr Ghebreyesus wrote: "If you are 60+, or have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing severe #COVID19.
"Try to avoid crowded areas, or places where you might interact with people who are sick."
He added: "It’s normal & understandable to feel anxious, especially if your country or community has been affected by #COVID19. Seek official sources of info to protect yourself, loved ones & your community. Plan on how to stay safe at work, school or your place of worship."
If you are 60+, or have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing severe #COVID19. Try to avoid crowded areas, or places where you might interact with people who are sick. #coronavirus
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 29, 2020
Elderly more at risk
Severe cases of Covid-19 are far more likely to occur in the elderly and those with serious underlying health conditions.
Dr Margaret Harris of WHO, has also advised that the most vulnerable restructure their routines in order to avoid catching the potentially deadly respiratory disease.
She advised them to avoid public transport, mass gatherings - such as football matches - due to potential close proximity with those who have the disease.
Harris even advised that people think twice about going to busy shops and supermarkets.