Who Is At Risk?

Everyone is at risk of contracting the coronavirus, but some of us have a greater risk for serious complications resulting from a coronavirus infection.

Who is at increased risk of complications from coronavirus and flu?

  • People over age 60
  • People with chronic disease (HIV, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease)
  • People living with HIV of any age who have uncontrolled or longstanding HIV, previous low CD4 counts, or a history of opportunistic infection

Please note: People with controlled HIV and CD4 counts above 200 without a history of significant opportunistic infections or other chronic disease should fare about the same with coronavirus as people of the same age with a negative HIV status. That being said, we are concerned about the affects of quarantined life on those living with HIV. Learn more here.

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What to do if you are at increased risk

If you fit any of the at-risk categories above and have no symptoms, review the CDC website on higher risk patients to find out more about precautions you can take to reduce your risk of complications.

If you fit any of the at-risk categories above and start to have a fever and/or cough and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider immediately and tell them about your symptoms.

Precautions for protecting those at increased risk

If you live with, care for, work with, or have regular contact with people who are at increased risk, you can protect them by following the precautions you would take if you were sick.

  • Frequently wash or sanitize hands with the WHO handwashing method for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Frequently wash surfaces and handheld objects with alcohol.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Stay away if you are coughing or sneezing or have a fever.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of tissues directly into trash.


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