Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Persons at highest risk for severe illness from complications of COVID-19 include:

  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk - View more guidance from DSHS
  • People aged 65 years and older - View more guidance from the CDC
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma - View more guidance from the CDC
  • People who are immunocompromised from HIV or AIDS - View more guidance from the CDC
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk - View more guidance from the CDC

Many pre-existing health conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised against COVID-19, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids, and use of other immune-weakening medications.

If you have one of these higher risks of catching COVID-19, please stay home and limit your travel as much as possible.

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Other High Risk Populations

Persons with Diabetes are one of several groups who are at higher risk of catching the Coronavirus.

If you are living with Diabetes, and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, click here to learn how to be screened for COVID-19.

Children and adults with special health care needs are one of several groups who are at higher risk of catching the Coronavirus.

If you have a kid or a teenager with a special health care need, click here to learn how you can help protect those who cannot protect themselves from COVID-19.