At Risk Summary
- Over 70
- Aged care facilities
- On medications
- Poor diet
- Diabetic (diagnosed or undiagnosed)
Details from NZ Government
Medical statistics have shown that there are three different groups of people when it comes to hospitalisation and mortality:
- High Risk
- Other People at Risk
- No Particular Risk
People with underlying medical conditions including:
- serious respiratory disease, including chronic lung disease and severe asthma
- serious heart conditions
- immuno-compromised conditions
- severe obesity — a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
- hypertension that is not well controlled
- diabetes that is not well controlled
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease.
Many conditions and treatments can weaken a person's immune system, including:
- having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- bone marrow or organ transplantation
- some blood cancers
- immune deficiencies including HIV infection
- immunity weakening medications such as high-dose corticosteroids and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.
Other People At Risk
- Those over 70
- Residents of aged care facilities
- Ethnic minorities
- International research has shown COVID-19 has a larger impact on ethnic minorities.
- Māori, Pacific and some other ethnic minorities in New Zealand are at risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19, especially where there is:
- a higher rate of chronic medical conditions
- crowded housing
- difficulty accessing health care.
- People with a history of smoking are more likely to have severe symptoms of COVID-19 and be admitted to intensive care.
- People who are pregnant
No Particular Risk
PLOS Research Data
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