Who is at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19?

COVID-19 can make anyone sick, some Canadians are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes because of their age or if they have other medical conditions.

If you are at risk of more severe symptoms or outcomes from COVID-19, you can take action to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Who is at risk of more severe disease or outcomes?

  • Older adults (increasing risk with each decade, especially over 60 years).
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions
  • People of any age who are immunocompromised,
  • People living with obesity (BMI of 40 or higher).

Be prepared

  • You can learn about COVID-19 and stay informed by visiting canada.ca/coronavirus.
  • Visit your provincial/territorial and municipal health websites to keep up-to-date about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Stock up on the supplies you would need if you had to suddenly stay home for a few weeks, such as groceries, pet food, and cleaning and disinfecting products.
  • Talk with a health care provider about how to protect yourself and ensure you have enough of your prescribed medications and medical supplies.
  • Prepare to stay connected with others by phone or email
  • Ask family, a neighbour or a friend to help with essential errands (e.g., picking up prescriptions, buying groceries).
  • Identify which services are available to deliver food or medications to your home.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.

We can all do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information, you can visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or contact 1-833-784-4397.

This article contains information from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Last updated: December 10, 2020 4006433