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

The highlights:

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

There are a number of conditions that put people at severe risk as well:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
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These conditions might increase the risk of severe illness, according to CDC:

  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Neurologic conditions such as dementia
  • Cerebrovascular disease such as stroke
  • Pregnancy

Why it matters:

  • CDC director Robert Redfield said: “Understanding who is most at risk for severe illness helps people make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their communities,. While we are all at risk for COVID-19, we need to be aware of who is susceptible to severe complications so that we take appropriate measures to protect their health and well-being.”
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