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CDC tells people over 60 or who have chronic illnesses like diabetes to prepare for a lengthy stay at home
PUBLISHED MON, MAR 9 2020 6:15 PM EDT, UPDATED FRI, MAR 13 202012:39 PM EDT
Recently, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases offered warnings to the public related COVID-19 and chronic illness such as diabetes. "People with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and other serious underlying conditions are more likely to develop “serious outcomes, including death,” she said.
Additional guidance from the CDC explains more specifically, threat diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections, heightening the risk of complications associated with COVID-19.
In fact, 30 percent of adult flu hospitalizations reported to CDC have had diabetes.
The CDC is expanding its guidance for people at extreme risk of serious illness, like those over 60 or with underlying health conditions.
Those over the age of 60 should start stocking up on enough groceries and medications to have on hand, the CDC said.
Those at greatest risk of serious illness should stay home as much as possible if COVID-19 comes to their community, the CDC said.