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CDC updates, expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness

Based on detailed review of available evidence to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and expanded its list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19.

Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk, but now the CDC has further defined age- and condition-related risks.

The CDC has removed the specific age threshold from the older adult classification. It now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age, and it's not just those over the age of 65 who are at increased risk for severe illness. Age is an independent risk factor for severe illness, but risk in older adults is also, in part, related to the increased likelihood that older adults also have underlying medical conditions.

Some of the specific conditions that increase risk include:

An estimated 60% of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition, obesity being the most common. Read about other conditions that put you at greater risk of complications. Read more about this CDC list update and expansion.

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Weakened immune system from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes


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