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Who is at the Greatest Risk from the Coronavirus?

The CDC has updated its list of who is at the greatest risk for severe illness from the coronavirus causing COVID-19. So far, the CDC has identified that the risk for severe illness increases with age. People in their 50s are at higher risk than those in their 40s, and the risk goes up substantially with each decade. In addition, the CDC identifies underlying medical or health conditions that increase risk of severe illness and hospitalization for any age. Specially mentioned are cancer, overweight or obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic lung disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, dementia, certain disabilities, serious heart conditions, HIV infection, those who are immunocompromised from organ transplant, certain mental health conditions, physical inactivity, those with sickle cell disease, smoking, those who are pregnant (or were recently pregnant within at least 42 days of the end of the pregnancy), stroke, substance use disorders and tuberculosis.

CDC also identifies Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity. As more is learned about COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus, the CDC updates its guidance. The list was updated May 2022.


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