Who is at higher risk for severe illness?

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This is a new disease, and experts are continually learning about how it affects various populations. Those at a higher risk and those who live or visit them need to take extra precautions to protect against COVID-19. According to the CDC, those at a higher risk of severe illness include:

  • Older Adults(ages 65+, or who live in a long-term care facility) 
  • People of all ages with Medical Conditions including:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Conditions that can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
    • Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic kidney disease and who are undergoing dialysis
    • Liver disease
  • Pregnant or Recently Pregnant People