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COVID-19 Pandemic: Who All Are At A Higher Risk Of Developing Severe Symptoms?

Till now the number of coronavirus cases across the world has reached over 4.81 million and more than 0.25 million people have died already. Several nations are under a complete lockdown to curb the spread. Today, we bring you the list of people who are more likely to be affected by this virus.

Symptoms of coronavirus can show up either in 2 days or take as long as 14 days. Based on the currently available information and clinical expertise of AMRI Hospitals, teleconsulation doctor in Kolkata older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses due to COVID-19. Severe illness due to coronavirus can mainly affect:

  • People of 65+ years (as they are more vulnerable than other age groups)
  • People who stay or work at nursing homes or long-term care facility
  • People with underlying medical conditions like chronic lung disease or asthma (irrespective of the age groups)
  • Heart Patients
  • People having a weak immune system
  • Obese adults, kids or elderly people who have body mass index of 40 or above
  • Diabetic Patients
  • People suffering with Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis or liver disease

If you fall in any of the above categories, then you are clinically extremely vulnerable. So, healthcare professionals with over a decade of working experience at AMRI Hospitals, teleconsultation in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar advice to undertake the following extra measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Stay in self-quarantine
  • Maintain at least 2 metres of distance from family members
  • Don’t let any outsiders enter your home
  • Use masks
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and use alcohol-based sanitizers
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces like door handles, phones, etc
  • Try to have a separate bathroom else properly sanitize commonly shared washrooms
  • Do not start self-medication without proper consultation
  • Keep windows open for proper ventilation
  • Focus on increasing your immunity

Connect virtually with family, friends and neighbors in case of any requirement or emergency. Do not ignore any health signs and immediately contact the local heath authority to get the treatment. We hope that you and your loved ones are taking all precautions during this crucial time.