With the list of coronavirus symptoms updated recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made changes to the list of diseases that increase the risk of developing a severe COVID-19 case.
The CDC removed age alone as a risk factor, added pregnancy and lowered the body mass index (obesity) threshold.
The organization says that people of all ages who suffer from one of seven illnesses are at increased risk of serious illnesses, while 12 other health problems could also pose an increased risk.
The CDC updated its list of coronavirus symptoms a few weeks ago, but the changes went unnoticed for a few weeks, and we only noticed them earlier this week. However, the organization has made only a few other notable changes to its COVID-19 pages that list some pre-existing conditions that could lead to stricter COVID-19 forecasts. The CDC updated the medical conditions page on Thursday based on data available as of May 29, 2020. “We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as new information becomes available, the CDC will update the following information,” the site says.
The CDC removed age alone as a risk factor for severe COVID-19 according to ABC13 and added several conditions to the list that could worsen the progression of the infection. According to the CDC, people of all ages with the following diseases have an increased risk of serious diseases:
Chronic kidney disease
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Immune-weakened condition (weakened immune system) due to organ transplantation
Obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
Serious heart diseases such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
Sickle cell anemia
Typ 2 Diabetes mellitus
The BMI index for obesity has been reduced from the previous 40 to 30, and sickle cell disease has been added to the “Increased Risk of Serious Disease” list.
The CDC also compiled a second list of diseases. People who have any of the following conditions may have an increased risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19:
Asthma (moderate to severe)
Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Immune-weakened condition (weakened immune system) due to blood or bone marrow transplantation, immune deficiency, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other medicines to weaken the immune system
Neurological diseases like dementia
Pulmonary fibrosis (with damaged or scarred lung tissue)
Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
Typ 1 Diabetes mellitus
The CDC provides the evidence at this link that has been used to update the list of underlying diseases that increase the risk of serious diseases.
Pregnancy is a surprising addition to the list, as the CDC found that pregnancy increases the risk of hospitalization and severe COVID-19 experience in women. Stat explains that the study that the CDC used to update its guidelines monitored 8,000 participants and found that pregnant women were 50% more likely to be hospitalized than infected women who were not pregnant and 70% more likely to be medical ventilation.
Before the update, the CDC announced that there were high-risk individuals for serious COVID-19 people aged 65 and over. 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.
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