Who’s at Risk

Most people are at risk of catching the coronavirus and everyone can avoid catching it

by Jaymeson Frey, Reference Manager

According to the CDC some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from the coronavirus than other people. This includes: older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions like, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

Experts with the CDC say that if you have a higher risk for catching serious illnesses because of age or a serious long-term health problem, it is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. The ways they recommend include, but are not limited to, stocking up on supplies that you or your family may need, taking everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (they recommend 3-6 feet of space between you and another person) when you go out in public, limiting close contact and washing your hands often. 

Avoid touching your face, if for some reason you need to, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can not access soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid touching surfaces in public, such as elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, as well as shaking people’s hands, etc. If you have to touch any of these, use a tissue or sleeve to cover your hand.