What risk does COVID-19 pose?

In general, the risk posed by a virus depends on many factors including how easily it spreads between people, the severity of illness it causes, and access to reliable medical measures that can help control its impact (e.g., vaccines or medications).

COVID-19 can pose a risk to you by two means: risk of exposure and risk of serious illness.

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Risk of exposure

High risk of exposure includes:

  • People in areas of ongoing community spread of COVID-19
  • Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19
  • Close contact with people with COVID-19
  • Travellers returning from affected international locations (including cruise ships, international conferences and other large gatherings in enclosed spaces)

Low risk of exposure includes:

  • Travel from other countries without widespread transmission
  • Being in the same indoor environment as someone with a COVID-19 infection for an extended period of time, but not being within close contact of them (i.e. more than 2 metres [6 feet] away from the infected person)

Very-low-to-no identifiable risk of exposure includes:

  • Interactions that do not meet the above elevated risks, such as walking by or being briefly in the same room with a person with COVID-19 infection
  • Contact with products shipped over a period of days or weeks from China

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Risk of severe illness

From current reported cases of COVID-19, its symptoms may range from little-to-no symptoms to severe illness and death. Most cases are not severe, but certain people are at a higher risk of developing complications, including:

  • Adults aged 65 and older (risk increasing by age)
  • People who have underlying chronic medical conditions (including heart disease, diabetes, lung disease)
  • People with weakened immune systems

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Are other special populations more at risk?

  • Children: Children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults.
  • Pregnancy: It is currently unclear if pregnant women have a greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than the general adult population. With other coronaviruses and viral respiratory infections, pregnant women have had a higher risk of developing serious illness. It is also unknown at this time how COVID-19 infection in a pregnant woman affects the health of the unborn baby.
  • Breast-feeding: There is currently no specific guidance regarding breast-feeding during infection. The decision to continue or start breast-feeding should be discussed with your health care providers.

While knowledge and understanding around COVID-19 is rapidly growing, and expert opinion could change, these are best 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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