CDC adds new conditions to COVID-19 high-risk list
On March 29, CDC revised its list of conditions that put an individual at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease, meaning the patient may require hospitalization, intensive care, a ventilator to help with breathing, or could even die.
For diabetes, overweight (in addition to obesity), asthma (moderate to severe), liver disease, dementia or other neurological conditions, stroke/cerebrovascular disease, HIV, and cystic fibrosis, the agency switched the category from “might be” at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease to “high risk.”
Substance use disorder was not on the list previously and is now considered high risk.
The new list also groups together diseases and conditions. Heart failure, coronary artery disease, and hypertension, for example, all fall under heart conditions. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are now listed under diabetes, not separated out.
Loren Bonner, senior editor