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| The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has once again updated its information on who is most at risk for severe illness from a coronavirus infection.
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions remain the primary high-risk populations. "The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk,” the CDC says.
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More than 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65, and more than 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths occur in people older than 45, according to the CDC.
On March 29, the CDC condensed and simplified its list of health conditions that put individuals at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19. The agency also added links to scientific evidence that supports inclusion of each condition.
“This will make it easier for patients and the public and providers to understand the important information related to their underlying medical conditions and its potential impact on COVID-19 severity,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a news briefing.
The following conditions that the CDC previously said “might” put individuals at greater risk are now listed as putting someone at “high risk”: type 1 diabetes (type 2 was already on the list), moderate to severe asthma, stroke/cerebrovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, high blood pressure, dementia or other neurological conditions, liver disease, pregnancy, HIV infection, a weakened immune system from blood or bone marrow transplant, and being overweight.