COVID-19 can make anyone sick, but some people have a higher chance of getting very sick.
You may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 if:
- You are 65 or older
- You have ever smoked or vaped regularly
- You are pregnant
- You are overweight or obese
Or if you have any of these health conditions:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Asthma (that needs an inhaler or other medicine)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- COPD or emphysema
- Coronary artery disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Down syndrome
- Heart defect
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Immunocompromised or weakened immune system
- Liver disease
- On dialysis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Recent organ transplant
- Scarred or damaged lung tissue
- Sickle cell disease
- Stroke or other cerebrovascular disease
If you have a higher chance of getting very sick from COVID-19, there are things you can do to take care of yourself.
Ways to take care of yourself:
- Limit your in-person activities. When you do an in-person activity, use SAFER COVID-19 to find ways to lower your chance of getting COVID-19.
- Avoid being around people who are sick, or who have been around someone with COVID-19.
- If you care for children, limit their in-person activities.
- Continue to take any regular medicines. Have at least a 30-day supply of all your medicines. You can ask about getting an extra supply of medicine so you don’t have to go to the pharmacy as often.
- If you get sick and think you might have COVID-19, call your doctor right away. If you don’t have a doctor, call a community health center or health department.
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the hospital. Do not wait to get emergency care because you are worried about COVID-19. Emergency departments have ways to protect people.