At Risk IndividualsIndividuals & Families
People with certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illness have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. When an individual with any of these underlying conditions contracts COVID-19, their preexisting condition, or “comorbidity,” increases the chances of severe symptoms and even death.
In Shelby County, 94% of deaths related to COVID-19 have had a preexisting condition — or comorbidity. People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
In addition, the CDC advises that additional factors, such as your unique individual situation or where you live, may influence the need to take extra precautions against COVID-19:
Your Individual Situation
• Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
• Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
• People with Disabilities
• Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
• Drug Use and Substance Use Disorder
Where You Live
• People Living in Rural Communities
• People Experiencing Homelessness
• Newly Resettled Refugee Populations
• Nursing Home and Longer-Term Care Facilities
• Group Homes for People with Disabilities
For answers to specific questions, call the Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center at 901-222-MASK (6275). The Shelby County Health Department is available to take calls 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Sunday.New Text Module
Learn more about if you might be an “at-risk” individual and what extra precautions you might take.
What You Can Do If You Are At Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19
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