06.25.20

CDC Broadens Guidance on Americans Facing Risk of Severe COVID-19

Source: Stat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday broadened its warning about who is at risk of developing severe disease from COVID-19 infection, suggesting even younger people who are obese or have other health conditions can become seriously ill if they contract the virus, according to a Stat report.

The new advice, timed to influence behavior going into the July 4 weekend, frames the risk as rising with age, jettisoning earlier warnings that mainly those 65 and older faced higher risk. It also puts greater emphasis on the risk presented by a number of health conditions, including having a body mass index of 30 or over. Previously the warning related to people who had a BMI of 40 or over.

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