Who is considered high risk for severe disease?

The following people are considered high risk for severe disease:

  • People aged 65 and older
  • People in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if they are not well controlled
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Immunosuppressed following solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (BMI >30)
  • Serious heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type II Diabetes

People may be at increased risk due to the following conditions:

  • Asthma (moderate-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affecting blood vessels to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplants, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medications
  • Neurologic conditions such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia
  • Type I Diabetes

November 17, 2021 | Comments Off

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