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Age Group with Higher Risk of Coronavirus Infection

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 26 May 2020

The newly discovered disease – Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a highly contagious illness that is spreading rapidly worldwide. Health experts suggest complete self-isolation as a means of combating its spread. Though there is no specific age group that this disease affects, there are sections of people who are advised to be more cautious to safeguard themselves from the risk of getting infected. Health insurance for COVID-19 includes hospitalization and medical treatment costs, many of which are in the form of cashless health insurance; however, being cautious and preventing its spread is the first step.

 

Some of the age groups that are more susceptible to getting infected by the virus include:

  1. Elderly

Since the elderly usually have a weaker immune system, they are more likely to get infections easily. Additionally, if they are suffering from any chronic ailment, the risk of infection further rises. Thus, older people over the age of 60 years are advised to take suitable and extra precautionary measures to keep COVID-19 at bay.

  1. Children

As per the World Health Organization, there have been fewer cases of children getting infected by the virus. However, they are more likely to spread the disease to vulnerable age-group. Additionally, infants, too, are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. It is advised to ensure health insurance for COVID-19 is in place for both the children and elderly to aid in the fight and ensure treatments are smoothly conducted.

  1. Medically Unfit

Ailments such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, cancer, and other complications make one’s immune system weak. Therefore, people who have existing medical conditions are more prone to contracting the virus. Thus, they should ensure proper precautions as well as have existing cashless health insurance to aid them in case of any problems.

  1. Young Adults

Today the general lifestyle is poor with numerous outings, outside food, lack of exercise, and an excess amount of stress. Though numerous young adults have contracted COVID-19, their symptoms have been milder. But they are more vulnerable to spread the virus on account of their social outings. Therefore, young adults should practice social distancing and ensure that they have adequate health insurance for COVID-19 on hand.

It is important to understand that COVID-19 can affect any age group; only the complications and mortality rate on the above age groups are higher. Therefore, it is advisable to stay alert and follow the basic hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

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