Who is at Higher Risk?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  describe the long term affects COVID may have on a discharged patient:

  • Decreased endurance
  • Poor strength
  • Decreased pulmonary function
  • A cognitive “fog”

The CDC recommends restarting an exercise program as soon as possible to rebuild strength and endurance including:

  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Breathing exercises to enhance lung function and respiratory muscles, including
    • diaphragmatic breathing
    • pursed-lip breathing
    • coughing training
  • Handheld respiratory muscle trainers for resistance training
  • Flexibility routines that help to improve posture and maximize lung function, especially due to increased periods of sedation
CDC.gov info on Coronavirus