Coronavirus: Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19? CDC adds new groups

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its list of people who are at risk for the most serious cases of COVID-19.

The interesting aspects:

  • Older adults remain on the list.
  • People with underlying conditions are still at risk.
  • The risk increases as you get older. But those over 65 aren’t the only ones at risk.
  • The CDC added new conditions for serious risks.

There are a number of conditions that also put people at serious risk:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or more)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) of solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies.
  • Sickle-cell anaemia
  • Type 2 diabetes

These conditions could increase the risk of serious illness, according to the CDC:

  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Neurological conditions like dementia.
  • Cerebrovascular disease such as a stroke
  • The pregnancy

Because it is important:

  • CDC Director Robert Redfield said: “Understanding who is most at risk for serious illness helps people make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.” While we are all at risk of contracting COVID-19, we must be aware of who is susceptible to serious complications in order for us to take appropriate measures to protect your health and well-being. “