Additionally, people who have underlying health conditions find it harder to fight off the virus. In the case of those with cancer, HIV, or with weak immune systems, their bodies just can’t keep up with the rate of infection.
For people with conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, kidney problems, etc., having COVID-19 on top of those conditions greatly compounds the strain on their body. There’s also the possibility that a person with the virus and a preexisting condition can develop sepsis, or uncontrolled infection which can then result in organ failure.
Being part of the at risk population does not necessarily mean that it’s easier for them to get infected. And there have been people who have recovered from COVID-19, despite being a part of the at risk population.
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, 4 in the Philippines, the majority of deaths were people aged 39 to 88, with an average age of 66. 90% of those who died had a preexisting condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, or chronic kidney disease.
Are children and babies at risk?
Interestingly, children who have been infected with COVID-19 present fewer symptoms and usually experience mild symptoms compared to those at risk. Even compared with adults, children still exhibit far fewer symptoms. Additionally, fever and cough are the most common symptoms among children.
This also means that asymptomatic children could infect other people with COVID-19.
When it comes to dealing with COVID-19, taking account of children who are potentially asymptomatic is important since it can help give experts an idea of just how widespread an outbreak could potentially be.
Additionally, while children aren’t included in the list of who is at risk for COVID-19, we still don’t know enough about the virus and its behavior to say that children will be safe from harm.