WHAT DO OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES NEED TO KNOW? 

People who are 65 or older are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

In addition, people of any age who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility are at higher risk. Other people who may be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, regardless of age or disability, include:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate-to-severe asthma

  • People who have serious heart conditions

  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40)

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease

  • 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 including people receiving cancer treatment.

Click here for more information from the Administration for Community  COVID-19 Resource page

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