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As the pandemic evolves, we are continuing to try to understand coronavirus risk in order to take appropriate precautions.

Yet, the fact is, our information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving.

However, there are some things we do know about coronavirus risk — both the risk of contracting the disease and the risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19.

These resources are part of University of Maryland Medical System's effort to bring reliable, up-to-date coronavirus resources to our community.

Understanding Coronavirus Risk

Underlying Conditions

Because it is a new disease, there is limited information regarding overall COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) risk. However, we do know that being an older adult and/or having certain underlying conditions put you at higher risk for severe illness from the COVID-19. Learn more about underlying conditions.

Deciding If It's Safe to Go Out

Deciding whether you should resume some once normal activities like eating in a restaurant or getting a haircut can be difficult at this time. Getting the facts about these activities can help you better assess your risk. Learn more about deciding if it's safe to go out.

Am I Immune?

Many people hope that coronavirus immunity can bring them back to "normal life" and that those who recovered from coronavirus do not need to be concerned about being infected or infecting others. Unfortunately, there are too many unknowns about immunity to novel coronavirus to be sure. Learn more about coronavirus immunity.

Can You Get It From Sex?

The short answer is yes. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is more contagious than any STD because it is spread by droplets in the air. Sex during the coronavirus pandemic requires a whole new set of precautions on top of those that prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Learn more about sex and coronavirus.

Lowering Your Risk of Coronavirus

Safety and Prevention

An ounce of prevention can go a long way. Taking the necessary precautions against the virus — whether it's cleaning, wearing a mask or staying home — not only can protect you but those around you. Learn more about preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Quit Smoking

Smoking not only increases your risk for complications if you get the virus, it can also make you more likely to contract the disease in the first place. Now is the time to quit! Learn more about smoking and coronavirus.


Updated 12/17/2021

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