How serious is COVID-19? Who is at risk?

  • Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and sometimes death.
  • According to the World Health Organization, about 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild.
  • Anyone can experience severe illness from this disease, but there are a number of groups at higher risk of severe illness, including: 
    • People who are 65and older. 
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
    • People who have serious heart conditions. 
    • People who have weakened immune systems. 
    • People determined to be at high risk by a licensed health care provider. 

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