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The CDC has updated their list of high-risk conditions for severe illness from COVID-19. These updates change the high-risk age range, and add more high-risk underlying medical conditions.

The novel coronavirus outbreak began in late 2019 as a brand new virus. Medical professionals and science experts have needed time to study COVID-19 and its effects on the human body. Over the past few months, the CDC has learned new information about who is at highest risk for severe symptoms and why.

“While we are all at risk for COVID-19, we need to be aware of who is susceptible to severe complications so that we take appropriate measures to protect their health and well-being,” stated CDC director Robert Redfield MD.

7. Updates to Age-Related Risk

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Originally, the CDC guidelines claimed that the highest age-related risk for severe symptoms for COVID-19 were adults 65 and over. The CDC updates to age-related risk now include a wider range.

Officially, the CDC update states “Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at higher risk.” This means the older you get, the rougher your experience with the novel coronavirus could be.

6. Updates to Underlying Medical Condition Risk

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Though the CDC admits their knowledge is still limited of COVID-19 severity with underlying medical conditions, new information has come to light. Their list of high-risk underlying medical conditions includes cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and sickle cell disease, among other serious conditions.

The CDC also updated the list of underlying conditions with “increased risk” for severe illness from coronavirus. The updated list includes pregnancy, plus a warning for children with medical complexities.

Some of these high-risk underlying conditions for coronavirus (like obesity) were previously listed, but now include additional data or concerns.



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