First let me begin by saying that I am not a doctor. I am an estate planning attorney based out of Miami, Florida, and all of the information you will read in this article has been obtained from reliable sources such as the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Make sure to stay updated by following the links provided.
According to the FDOH, as of March 15, 2020, there are 149 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The WHO has called the coronavirus a “pandemic” with more than 153,648 cases confirmed worldwide and over 5,746 deaths.
The coronavirus is a disease that we cannot ignore. It transmits easily and it is spreading at an alarming rate. Elderly adults are especially vulnerable and those who have an underlying issue such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory problems, among others.
The first thing you need to know about the coronavirus is how it spreads. According to the CDC, the coronavirus virus spreads mainly from person-to-person. Ways to protect yourself against been infected with the coronavirus include cleaning your hands often, avoid close contact with people that are sick, social distancing from other people, cover cough and sneezes, among many others.
With so many confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Florida, I want to let you know some of the things you should consider to prepare yourself as it relates to your estate plan, and the proper documents you can put in place in the unfortunate event that you are infected with the coronavirus: