Populations Susceptible to Serious Illness from COVID-19

Based on early information, people who are at greater risk of getting very sick from the virus include older adults and those with compromised immune systems or medical conditions like:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease

If you are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies, including necessary medications, medical supplies, household items and groceries.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • Stay away from those who are sick and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid cruises and non-essential air travel.
  • Stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed to COVID-19.


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