| Covid-19 | Jun 29, 2020

CDC updates, expands list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness

CDC issued a new and updated list of people at risk of severe COVID-19 illness. CDC has removed its previous age threshold, indicating that those 65 years and older are at elevated risk, to indicate that risk increases steadily with age and elevated risk is not specific to those 65 years and older. CDC also updated its list of conditions that may contribute to elevated risk of severe COVID-19 illness, including:- Chronic kidney disease- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)- Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies- Sickle cell disease- Type 2 diabetes