Anyone can get COVID-19. But as with other respiratory infections, older adults and those with existing health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill. Groups at increased risk of needing to go to the hospital or dying from COVID-19 include:
❱❱ Adults who are 65 or older
❱❱ People living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
❱❱ People with existing:
But experts are still learning about COVID-19. Other medical conditions might also increase your risk, for example moderate-to-severe asthma or being overweight. Research shows that people who smoke may have severe complications from COVID-19 as well.
It appears that while some people may be more susceptible to severe forms of the infection, even healthy and younger people are still at risk.