People who are 65 or older are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
In addition, people of any age who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility are at higher risk.
Other people who may be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, regardless of age or disability, include: