The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised the list of health conditions that increase the risk of a person’s severe case of COVID-19,media BGR reported. The CDC removed the age as a separate risk factor, increased pregnancy, and lowered the threshold for body mass index (obesity). The group says that one of seven health conditions in any age group increases the risk of severe illness, while 12 other health problems can also lead to an increased risk.
The CDC updated its health page on Thursday, using data as of May 29, 2020. “We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as new information emerges, the CDC will update the following information,” the agency wrote on its page.
According to ABC13, the CDC removed age alone as a risk factor for severe COVID-19, and added several health conditions to the list that suggested these could worsen the progression of infection. According to the CDC, people of any age have an increased risk of developing severe illness if they have the following symptoms.
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The immune retardation (weakened immune system) caused by organ transplantation.
Obesity (body mass index (BMI) 30 or higher).
Severe heart disease, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy.
sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes
The BMI of obesity dropped from 40 previously said to 30, and sickle cell disease was also included in the “increased risk of serious disease”.
The CDC also compiled a second list of conditions. People with any of the following conditions “may increase the risk of severe cases of COVID-19.”
Asthma (moderate to severe)
Cerebral vascular disease (affecting blood vessels and blood supply in the brain)
The state of immunodeficiency (weakened immune system) caused by blood or bone marrow transplants, immunodeficiency, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or other drugs that weaken immunity.
Neurological disorders such as dementia.
Pulmonary fibrosis (damaged or scarred lung tissue)
Type 1 diabetes
Surprisingly, the CDC added pregnancy to the list because it observed that pregnancy increased a woman’s risk of hospitalization and development of COVID-19. The CDC study, which monitored 8,000 participants, found that pregnant women were 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized and 70 percent more likely to need medical ventilation than those who were not pregnant.
Prior to the update, the CDC said that people at high risk of severe COVID-19 include individuals 65 and older; people living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities; and people with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, liver disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, or any disease that weakens the immune system.