According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes adults who are 65 and older, and people of any age who:
- Have serious underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as heart, lung or liver disease; diabetes; moderate to severe asthma; severe obesity; and chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis.
- Have a weakened immune system, including those undergoing cancer treatment, smoking or having other immunocompromised conditions.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, it is extra important for you to take actions to avoid getting sick.
- Stay home if possible.
- Wash your hands often.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
- Keep away from people who are sick.
- Stock up on supplies.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
- Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- Call your health care professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.
- See additional healthy practices to protect yourself.