The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list
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The agency is warning that people with type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, whole organ transplants, and women who are pregnant could experience more severe outcomes if they contract COVID-19.
The updated guidelines also remove 65 as the age when more severe outcomes may occur. Instead, it is suggesting as people age, the chance of severe outcomes increases.
What does this mean to the public?
By removing a set age cut off, the updated guidelines give notice to people with underlying conditions of all ages that they are more likely to end up in an intensive care unit (ICU) if they contract the virus.
The guidelines do not suggest that people with these underlying conditions are more susceptible to developing COVID-19.
What should the public do?
Experts say the key is to stay in the know and practice safe habits such as masking, physical distancing, and, when needed, isolation.