COVID-19 and Underlying Conditions

According to the CDC, older adults and those with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19. As of today, people identified to be at high-risk for severe illness include:

People 65 and older

People living in a long-term care facility

People living in a nursing home

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, which may include:

  • Chronic lung disease or asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised conditions
  • Severe obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Please visit the CDC’s People Who At Higher Risk page to learn more about what conditions are considered high risk of severe illness and what precautions should be taken.

The following organizations also offer information on COVID-19, resources available for support, and tips for staying safe for those at high risk for severe illness.

American Lung Association 

Webinars, online support and tips to protect yourself and loved ones living with lung disease.

Heart Association

Safety tips, support and tips for staying healthy for people living with heart disease.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

Articles, webinars, and support for immunocompromised people or those living with cancer.

American Diabetes Association

Safety tips, community support and FAQs for people living with diabetes.

National Kidney Foundation 

Online support, prevention tips and managing your health if you are living kidney disease.

American Liver Foundation

Videos, FAQs and national resources for those living with liver disease.