At-risk groups and coronavirus: An update from the HSE

While we continue to learn about COVID-19, there are some fundamental understandings that we need to be vigilantly informed about for the entire duration of this pandemic.

Members of society who find themselves more at risk if they catch the virus need our support with knowing and respecting all official guidelines around preventing the spread of coronavirus and therefore protecting those more vulnerable to infection.

Serious illness risks apply to those who

  • Have long term medical conditions eg. heart disease, lung disease, cancer, high blood pressure
  • Have a weak immune system eg. cancer treatment, autoimmune disease treatment, HIV, organ or bone-marrow transplants
  • Are over 65; even more so for those over 75

The HSE advises that you call your doctor if you have [any symptoms of coronavirus](symptoms of coronavirus) and are concerned.

Recommended guidelines for these at-risk groups include following the general advice for protecting yourself from coronavirus, as well as the following:

Other health factors to consider during this time of COVID-19 include:

  • Mental health
  • Taking medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Read more on these plus a full overview on vulnerable citizens from the HSE here.

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