PEOPLE AT INCREASED RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS
The risk for more severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age and is higher for people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions. People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility are also at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
If you are in one of these groups, take these extra precautions in addition to general prevention measures.
- Continue your medications and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your health care provider.
- Have at least a two-week supply of prescription and non-prescription medications. Consider having your medications delivered.
- Talk to your health care provider about whether your vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Do not delay getting emergency care for any underlying medical condition because of COVID-19.
- Call your health care provider if you have concerns about underlying medical conditions or if you get sick and think that you may have COVID-19.
PEOPLE WHO MAY BE MORE VULNERABLE
Opportunities for better health begin in our families, neighborhoods, schools and jobs. Things like lack of access to medical care, healthy food or quality housing, are inequities that can make people more vulnerable for getting COVID-19 or having a more severe illness. Read more from the CDC about:
- Black, Indigenous and People of Color
- People experiencing homelessness
- People living in rural communities
- People with disabilities
- People with developmental and behavioral disorders
- People who use drugs or have substance use disorder
SUPPORTING PEOPLE WHO MAY BE MORE VULNERABLE
- Caring for people with disabilities
- Caring for people with developmental and behavioral disorders
- Caregivers of people living with dementia
- Nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- Newly resettled refugee populations
PEOPLE WHO are pregnant
Pregnant people might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, there may be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, among pregnant people with COVID-19. Therefore, if you are pregnant, be mindful about reducing your risk of getting sick. We don’t know for sure if mothers with COVID-19 can spread the virus to babies through their breast milk, but the current evidence suggests that this isn’t likely.