Questions to Think About
Most people who get COVID-19 get
better on their own. However, people
who are older or have other health
problems, like the ones listed on
the ﬁrst page, can get very sick and
may not survive.
The treatments used to try to help
people live, such as breathing
machines and intensive care,
are not guaranteed to work.
You can make some decisions about
your health care now in case you
become very sick and are unable to
speak for yourself. (See the box at
If you need more information, go to:
Allina Health: allinahealth.org/acp
Minnesota Medical Association:
This document does not replace
your current health care directive
or POLST form.
If this form contains information
that is different from your current
document, including your health care
agent, please complete a new one.
You can ﬁll out a new health care
directive from allinahealth.org/acp.
Contact your health care provider
if you need to update your POLST.
This document can only be used until Dec. 31, 2020.
THIS FACT SHEET DOES NOT REPLACE MEDICAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE; IT IS ONLY A GUIDE.
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What would be most important for your health care
providers or loved ones to know if you became very sick
and couldn’t speak for yourself?
Choose someone you trust to make decisions for you on
your behalf. This person acts as your health care agent.
Have you chosen a person who would do this for you?
If not, who could do this for you?
Some people decide to avoid treatments like breathing
machines or CPR if they may not help or may cause
suffering. Have you thought about your priorities for
medical care if you were to become very sick? Examples:
live as long as possible, even if that means being in
the hospital to receive all the care my doctors think
will help. I may need to rely on machines to stay alive.
live longer if I can keep the quality of life and comfort
I want. I may need to go to the hospital, stop any
treatments that do not work or make me feel worse,
or allow a natural death if my heart stops beating or
I stop breathing.
live the rest of my life focusing on my comfort and
quality of life. I want to avoid the hospital and allow
a natural death if my heart stops beating or I stop
What worries you when you think about getting sick