If any of these apply to you, you are at higher risk for having more severe symptoms if you get sick. This does not mean you have a greater chance of getting infected, but if you do, you may get more seriously ill.
If one or more of these things apply to you, the need to take precautions is higher:
- I am 60 years old or older.
- I have had personal face-to-face contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or I have cared for someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19.
- I have heart disease (such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, or have a history of heart attack or stroke).
- I am diabetic or have problems with my blood sugar.
- I have kidney disease or liver disease.
- I have lung disease (such as COPD, emphysema, or asthma), or have had a recent case of pneumonia.
- I am pregnant or may soon become pregnant.
- I have a chronic condition that lowers my ability to fight infections (e.g. HIV, organ transplant).
- I am taking medications that can lower my ability to fight infections (examples include anti-rejection drugs, and certain medicines for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis).
In addition, persons who have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is circulating should consider themselves at risk of having been exposed.