California will enter “Stage 2” of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, May 8, when Governor Newsom will modify the current Stay-at-Home order to allow some low risk retail businesses to open with adaptations in place. While this is welcome news to many, people who are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are still recommended to follow the Stay-at-Home order by staying at home, except for essential needs. 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. While it is not easy, people from these vulnerable populations should continue to stay home as much as possible and follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines to help prevent infection.
Vulnerable Populations, according to the CDC:
Based on what is known, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People 65 years and older; and
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- People who have serious heart conditions;
- People who are immunocompromised;
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher);
- People with diabetes;
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and
- People with liver disease.
Some populations may be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness from COVID-19 if they have serious underlying chronic medical conditions and are:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on how to reduce risk, extra precautions that should be taken by vulnerable populations, and the latest COVID-19 facts, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.