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Am I at risk of getting COVID-19?

Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads person-to-person. Unless you avoid complete contact with people, then yes you are at risk of getting COVID-19.

However, if you are a generally healthy adult under 60, your chance of getting very sick from COVID-19 is low. Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention so far suggests most COVID-19 illnesses are mild.

There are certain populations that are a higher risk of getting very sick or even dying from COVID-19.  This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  • People with compromised or weakened immune systems
  • Cancer patients

The CDC reports there is no current evidence whether or not pregnant women are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19. Still, with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as the flu, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing severe illness. The CDC says it’s always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.

If you are a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition, it’s extra important to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick from the virus. You should:

  • Take precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Keep away from others who are sick
  • Wash your hands often
  • Keep commonly-touched surfaces sanitized
  • Stock up on supplies
  • Avoid non-essential air and cruise travel

Related Article: Frequent and proper hand washing can help prevent COVID-19

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