At risk people include:
Those over 70: Older people often have underlying health issues, including respiratory issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
People with medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. In particular, people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes.
People undergoing a treatment for cancer and blood conditions: As treatments for cancer and blood conditions affect people’s immune systems, this makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Pregnant women: Health experts do not yet know if pregnant women are impacted by COVID-19 in the same way as other people. However, pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk from some infections.
For some of New Zealand’s communities, other aspects of their lives may mean they are also at risk. This includes:
You need to take more precautions to protect yourself against all infections, including COVID-19.
Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
Additional measures that you and your whānau and friends can take include: