WHY OLDER PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS HAVE HIGH RISK?
Older people and people with lingering health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension are susceptible to COVID-19 severe illness and mortality. The main reason is, our immunity gets low as we grow old, which is why it is more challenging to fight COVID’19 for older people. As we age, chances of chronic diseases increase, hence negatively impacts our immune system, making older people susceptible to severe illness and its complications. Due to the fast spread of COVID-19, CDC recently issued a warning for people who are at the highest risk for severe disease from the virus. It is essential that older adults and people at high risk of getting the disease follow the instructions of the CDC.
WHAT MAKES COVID’19 DIFFERENT FROM FLU AND SEASONAL ALLERGIES AND WHAT ARE IT’S SYMPTOMS?
The symptoms of COVID-19 surface between 2 to 14 days after a person comes in contact with the bacteria. These symptoms may include dry cough, high fever, and difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath. It is not necessary that each patient of COVID-19 experiences all these symptoms. Some people might only experience a mild form of the disease, which can be dismissed; however, it is still very contagious regardless of how strong or mild the symptoms are. Symptoms can also be similar to that of seasonal allergies or flu, but there are some differences.
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