The CDC continues to revise its guidance for groups that are at risk for severe illness, groups that might be at higher risk, and groups that need extra precautions. Faculty and staff should visit the CDC website for updates and information about risk for severe illness.
Accommodations can be requested by those who are in the CDC vulnerable population classification and/or who are primary caregivers for vulnerable populations. Human Resources will work closely with employees and supervisors to consider accommodations in alignment with the essential functions of their job.
People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of underlying medical conditions and whether they increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, people with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
More stringent precautions may be necessary, such as wearing an N95 mask. Take advice from your health care provider regarding health concerns or questions.