At-risk groups and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 11th, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus. We are still learning how it works.
There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus. But the HSE do not think that these groups have a higher risk of catching coronavirus. This is similar to other infections such as flu.
It is likely you are more at risk of serious illness if you catch coronavirus and you are one of the following:
- 60 years of age and over.
- Have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure.
If you are in an at-risk group take extra care to protect yourself from coronavirus. The HSE expect there to be community spread of the virus soon. Think about how you can avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors. Indoor spaces are less well ventilated. The virus is more likely to spread in smaller and more crowded spaces.
You may be caring for a person in an at-risk group. If you are, take extra care to protect yourself and the person you care for from coronavirus.
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