Are other special populations more at risk?

  • Children: Children do not appear to be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than adults. That said, children with underlying medical conditions (including obesity and asthma) can be at higher risk for severe complications.
  • Pregnancy: With other coronaviruses and viral respiratory infections, pregnant women have had a higher risk of developing serious illness. There's currently no evidence to suggest that pregnancy in general poses a greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19. However, if pregnant individuals also have a pre-existing health condition including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or became pregnant at an older age (i.e. after age 35), then they may be at a higher risk of more severe disease. While current evidence shows that COVID-19 transmission to the baby during pregnancy is rare, further studies are being done.
  • Breast-feeding: Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 isn't transmitted via breastmilk. That said, the decision to continue or start breast-feeding should be discussed with your health care providers. Taking precautions while breast-feeding can help to lower the overall infection risk. This includes washing your hands frequently and sterilizing any breast-feeding equipment before and after each session.

While knowledge and understanding around COVID-19 is rapidly changing, these are important practices aimed at reducing the impact of COVID-19. It is important to stay mindful of your exposure and the risk posed by COVID-19 to yourself and others.

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