As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, growing concern about those most vulnerable to the virus is on the rise.
Health organizations and governmental bodies across the world are taking steps to protect their vulnerable populations. In the US, the CDC is recommending people over the age of 60 and those with underlying conditions to stock up on food and medication, and avoid venturing out.
Certain medical conditions make you more susceptible to severe disease, even if you’re under 60. People with HIV, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and high blood pressure all have a higher chance of developing severe symptoms or dying from COVID-19.
On July 14, the CDC expanded its list of underlying conditions that could increase your risk of severe COVID-19 to include dementia, sickle cell anemia, and whole organ transplants among others.
Here’s what to know about those conditions and what to do if you have one.