CDC Revamps Medical Conditions That Make People More Vulnerable To COVID-19

June 29, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the list of people it considers to be at higher risk of severe covid-19. While the CDC previous guidance focused on older adults, it has become obvious that people of any age can contract the virus that causes covid-19 and become seriously sick or die as a result, especially if they have other underlying health conditions. Its new guidelines adds more specific chronic health issues such as coronary artery disease, solid organ transplants and hypertension to the list that includes those with type 2 diabetes, COPD and Sickle cell disease.  The CDC also adjusted its obesity guidelines from 40 and over BMI to 30 and over BMI as the most severe risk from contracting COVID-19. Previously, the CDC’s guidance on severe risk from covid-19 largely focused on older adults, who do indeed have a higher risk of life-threatening illness, hospitalization, and death from the coronavirus. But it’s become obvious that people of any age can contract the virus that causes covid-19 and become seriously sick or die as a result, especially if they have other underlying health conditions.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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