BY NOW, MOST OF US KNOW who is most at risk for a severe infection from the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, based on available information to date, those at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, or COVID-19, include:
- People age 65 and older.
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
- People who have serious heart conditions.
- People who are immunocompromised, including those underdoing cancer treatment, transplantation, poorly controlled HIV/AIDS and prolonged use of corticosteroids.
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or above) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabe0.
- 2tes, renal failure or liver disease.
The CDC also says that pregnant women should be monitored. However, while pregnant women are known to be at risk with other severe viral illness, COVID-19 has not yet shown increased risk in pregnant women.
Perhaps at the top of the list of risky habits are smoking and vaping. This should come as little surprise: The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, so anyone with damaged lungs would seem vulnerable.
The American Lung Association says smoking pot causes lung damage and may inhibit the immune system and increase the risk for airway infections. The more you smoke, the higher the risk, Drosnes says. “It’s a matter of how much you are forcing material into your lungs.”
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