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COVID-19: Which people are most at risk for severe symptoms?

Know if you are a person at risk against the coronavirus

COVID-19: Which people are most at risk for severe symptoms?

People with cancer are at higher risk of developing more severe illness from COVID-19. This risk varies, depending on the type of cancer and the treatment the patient is receiving. 

Sickle cell anemia is another condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms. This inherited disorder causes red blood cells to become rigid, sticky, and shaped like the letter "C." These misshapen red blood cells die early, so oxygen cannot be carried through the body as well, causing painful blockages in small blood vessels. 

Thalassemia is another inherited blood disorder that can increase the chance of severe COVID-19 symptoms. In thalassemia, the body does not produce enough hemoglobin, which means that the red blood cells cannot carry oxygen properly.

Weakened immune system

Many conditions can weaken your immune system. Conditions that affect your immune system and increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 include:

  • Organ transplants

  • Oncological treatments

COVID-19 severe symptoms can increase if you have diseases such as:

  • HIV AIDS

  • Bone marrow transplant

  • Long-term use of prednisone or similar drugs, which weaken the immune system

If you have a weak immune system, you may need to take extra precautions to avoid getting COVID-19.

Chronic kidney or liver disease

If you have chronic kidney disease or chronic liver disease, you may be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

Stay in touch with your doctor and let him know if you feel sick.



Measures to avoid getting infected 

There is no way to guarantee that the risk of infection is zero, so it is important to know the risks and protect yourself as much as possible. People most at risk for serious COVID-19 should consider their risk level before going out and taking steps to protect themselves.

Recommended measures:

  • Use of mask

  • Handwashing with gels or hand solutions with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.

  • Avoid having contact with people who do not wear masks or ask those around you to wear masks.

  • Avoid closed spaces, poorly ventilated or with a large influx of people.

 

And remember:  Get tested! 

Where can I get a test for COVID-19 in Los Cabos?  Visit our link to find more information about it. 

Why is COVID-19 testing important?  COVID-19 testing will help you protect your family, your community, and yourself.

It will save lives!

 

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