COVID-19 causes a mild illness in many people. But as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found, some people have an increased risk of developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, and some may need to take extra precautions to avoid infection.
You may be at high risk if you:
- Are 65 or older
- Live in a long-term care facility
- Have an ongoing serious health condition, such as:
- Lung disease or asthma
- Heart conditions
- High blood pressure
- Severe obesity
- Kidney or liver disease
- A weakened immune system
- Cancer treatment
- Smoke or vape tobacco/nicotine or marijuana (Kaiser Permanente members have many ways to get help quitting, including in-person appointments with a therapist or doctor, personalized online plans, and Wellness Coaching by Phone)
- Are pregnant (If you’re pregnant, learn more about how the virus could affect you or your care at kp.org/maternity-covid)
Visit CDC.gov for a full list of people at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 — such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath — call your doctor.
Choosing to get vaccinated is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19. Kaiser Permanente advises everyone 12 years and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Until then, those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a quality, well-fitting mask in public places.