Based on what we know now, those at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are: people age 75 and over; and people of any age with the following conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, weakened immune system from solid organ transplant, obesity, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, sickle cell disease, and type 2 diabetes.
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It is especially important for people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. While there is no way to ensure you have zero risk of infection, the best way to protect yourself is to: limit your interactions with people as much as possible, keep 6 feet of space between you and others, visit outdoors when possible, wash your hands often, use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items, wear a mask covering your nose and mouth*, and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Staying healthy during the pandemic is important. Talk to your doctor about whether your vaccinations (such as influenza and pneumonia) and other services are up to date to help prevent you from becoming ill with other diseases. Remember to have shelf-stable food choices available to help you follow any special medical diets. Keep taking your medication unless you have been directed by your doctor to stop. Make sure you have a 30 day supply of medication. Ask your doctor about telemedicine or other remote healthcare visits instead of in-office visits, but do not miss your treatments/appointments.
Call your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your condition or you feel sick. If you have a medical emergency, do not delay seeking emergency care. Emergency personnel have plans in place to protect you if you need care. If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center.
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*Children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance, should not wear a face mask.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cdc.gov/coronavirus