Who is most at risk for COVID-19?

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 18:21:46-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As concerns continue to grow about COVID-19, 7 Eyewitness news has been searching for answers. Local doctors say most infected people recover, but there are certain groups at a higher risk.

Those groups include people living with:

  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened Immune Systems
  • Older people, 70+
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Lung problems

If you know someone who fits these descriptions, this affects you too.

"If you're living or have frequent contact with an individual that has that increased risk, you should behave the same as they do," said Dr. Thomas Russo, Chief of Infectious Diseases, UBMD.

Although young and healthy people might have minimal effects, they could put others at risk. To keep you and your loved ones safe, doctors recommend keeping your hands clean and avoiding large crowds.

"You certainly don't want to panic and become a hermit. I would suggest instead of shopping at Wegman's on Sunday morning when the produce section is wall to wall, perhaps later in the evening," said Dr. Russo.

If you are at high risk and have symptoms, call your doctor before going in person.

"That population needs to be super careful, but the average population doesn't need to go to the point where they self quarantine themselves right away," said Dr. Vijay Iyer, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, UBMD and Board Member on the American Heart Association.