At-Risk Groups

Who is at higher risk of severe illness?

  • Older adults (60+ years old)
  • People who have serious chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  • People who have compromised immune systems, like cancer patients
  • People who are pregnant

Prevention for at-risk groups:

The more people you spend time with, the closer that interaction, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting COVID-19.

  • Stay home. Take extra measures to keep distance between yourself and other people.
    • Avoid unnecessary travel
    • Stay in touch with friends and family by phone or email
    • Consider alternative ways of getting food and supplies to your house, such as pick-up services, delivery services, or having supplies brought to your house by friends or family
  • Have a plan if you get sick.
    • Talk to your doctor for more information about monitoring your personal health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
    • Determine who can provide you with care and bring supplies if needed
  • Have supplies on hand. If you get sick, you may need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. Prepare for this possibility by making sure you have things you will need, such as:
    • Extra prescription medications
    • Over-the-counter medications and other medical supplies (such as tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms
    • Other household items and groceries
  • Take everyday precautions.
    • Practice physical distancing (staying at least 6 feet from others)
    • Wear a mask when in public spaces
    • Wash your hands and clean surfaces in your home often
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth
    • Avoid touching surfaces in public places: use a tissue or sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something, such as an elevator button. Wash hands after coming into contact with such surfaces
  • Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs.
    • Contact a healthcare provider if you feel like you are developing symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
    • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include:
      • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
      • New confusion or inability to arouse
      • Bluish lips or face