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CDC takes a closer look at those most at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says older adults and those of any age with underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Risk factors include:

  • People 65 and older
  • Living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised (cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosterioids and other immune weakening medications)
  • Severe obesity, BMI of 40 or higher
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease, undergoing dialysis
  • Liver disease

Learn more about risk factors.

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