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.
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Based on currently available information, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people who:
- Are older adults (coronavirus risk increases as you age)
- Are living in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Have certain underlying conditions, particularly if they are not well controlled
These underlying medical conditions heighten your risk, no matter your age, include:
- Chronic lung disease, including COPD
- Serious heart conditions
- Obesity with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Chronic kidney disease that requires dialysis
- Sickle cell disease
- Conditions that cause you to be immunocompromised, including:
The medical community continues to gather and analyze evidence regarding the risk of severe COVID-19. At this point in time, it is thought that these conditions might heighten your risk for severe disease:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Blood disorders, such as thalassemia
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diabetes (type 1)
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease
- Lung damage
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