BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person with any of the medical conditions listed below is more likely to get very sick upon contracting COVID-19.
The CDC says, “a person with one or more of these conditions who gets very sick from COVID-19 (has severe illness from COVID-19) is more likely to: be hospitalized, need intensive care, require a ventilator to help them breathe, or die.”
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases
- People with Moderate to Severe Asthma
- Dementia or other neurological conditions
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- People with cerebral palsy
- People with birth defects
- People with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- People with learning disabilities
- People with spinal cord injuries
- People with Down syndrome
- Heart Disease
- HIV infection
- Immunocompromised condition or weakened immune system
- Mental health conditions
- Mood Disorders
- Overweight and obesity
- Physical inactivity
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
Anyone diagnosed with any of the conditions listed above should speak with their healthcare provider about how best to protect themselves from severe COVID-related illness.
The CDC also acknowledges that the list above does not include every single possible condition that puts a person at higher risk.
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