The CDC Just Confirmed This Disorder Could Put You at Risk of Severe COVID
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has kept a list of underlying conditions that put patients at a high risk of developing severe COVID-19. And while many complications specified have been included since day one, the agency has taken the opportunity to add certain conditions to the list as more information has become available. Now, the CDC has confirmed that anyone who has Down syndrome should be included among potential patients at risk for severe COVID. Read on to see what recommendations the agency has for those affected, and for more on what determines how sick you'll get, check out This One Thing Could Determine If Your COVID Case Will Be Severe or Mild. In an update posted on Dec. 23, the top infectious disease agency announced that it had amended its "living document" of conditions and disorders to include Down syndrome. The CDC recommends speaking to your healthcare provider to "discuss your individual level of risk based on your condition, medical history, your treatment, and the level of transmission in your community," if you or someone you care for is affected.The addition to the list comes after an October report, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, where researchers found that people with Down syndrome were 10 times more likely to die of severe COVID than patients without the disability, including adjustments for other risk factors within the patients. At the time of its publication, the authors of the report pointed out that those with the condition were "a group that is not currently strategically protected," despite showing a fourfold increase in hospitalizations amongst them, CNN reports."[Down syndrome] is associated with immune dysfunction, congenital heart failure, and pulmonary pathology and, given its prevalence, may be a relevant albeit unconfirmed risk factor for severe COVID-19," the researchers concluded.For those affected by the update or with any concerns, the CDC recommends you contact your healthcare provider should any symptoms or issues arise, or if you believe exposure to COVID-19 was possible. Read on to see which other conditions the agency considers high-risk, and for more on what your symptoms could be telling you, consider The Earliest Signs You Have COVID, According to Johns Hopkins.Read the original article on Best Life.