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Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

Some people are at greater risk of getting very sick if they contract COVID-19. However, everyone is different. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have a more serious illness or more than one condition.



Who is at high risk of severe illness?

You are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if you:

  • are 70 years of age or over

  • have had an organ transplant and are on immune suppressive therapy

  • have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months

  • are on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease

  • have blood cancer eg leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome (diagnosed within the last 5 years)

  • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.


Tip:

Remember to stay 1.5m away from people, Avoid over crowded spaces, use personal protective equipment, wash hands and use hand sanitiser.


Explore other tips by clicking here. (Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older people)



Who is at moderate risk of severe illness

You are at moderate risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if you have:

  • chronic renal (kidney) failure

  • heart disease (coronary heart disease or failure)

  • chronic lung disease (excludes mild or moderate asthma)

  • a non-haematological cancer (diagnosed in the last 12 months)

  • diabetes

  • severe obesity with a BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2

  • chronic liver disease

  • some neurological conditions (stroke, dementia, other) (speak to your doctor about your risk)

  • some chronic inflammatory conditions and treatments (speak to your doctor about your risk)

  • other primary or acquired immunodeficiency (speak to your doctor about your risk)

  • poorly controlled blood pressure (may increase risk – speak to your doctor).


Other things that might affect your risk

Having 2 or more conditions might increase your risk, regardless of your age. If your condition is severe or poorly controlled, this might also increase your risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Speak to your doctor about your risk.

Other factors might also increase your risk of severe illness if you contract COVID-19, including:

  • age - risk increases as you get older, even for those under 70

  • being male

  • poverty

  • smoking

This information was gathered from the Australian Health Government website and is used as a reputable source of information to assist the public.

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