Updated High-Risk List

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The CDC updated the high-risk list, and it’s not just older adults.

The latest scientific studies reviewed by the CDC show that people with the following conditions, or suffer from the following, are also more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, regardless of their age:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • People who have had organ transplants
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • A weakened immune system

The latest evidence also suggests that obesity is another high risk factor, and that pregnant women and smokers might be at increased risk. For the full list and more information, visit the CDC website.

If you are in a group that the CDC has identified as high-risk or needing extra precautions, avoid contact outside the home as much as possible. Everyone should continue to:

  • Wear face coverings.
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid large group activities - Phase 2 only allows for gatherings of less than 5 people from outside your household.
  • When gathering, do so outside - ventilation helps.
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