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Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about who is most at risk—and what you can do about it

Certain groups, including older people and those with certain underlying health conditions, are more at risk than others. But there are things both the government and individuals can do to help

By Hassan Vally  

Older people more at risk are advised to stay home. Photo: Pixabay

As we learn more about COVID-19, it’s increasingly clear that your risk of severe illness and death increases with age.

Children under nine years of age seem to be largely unaffected, either with no or mild symptoms. None have died as a result of the infection.

People over the age of 80 years and those with chronic diseases are the most vulnerable. For those over 80, approximately 15% of those infected will die.

 

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