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.”

  • Cancer
  • 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
  • Pregnancy
  • 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. 

Click here for the latest COVID-related statistics in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH),