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Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 High Risk Groups

Jorge Hidalgo

While some cases of the novel coronavirus are mild, there are some underlying conditions which make people more likely to catch it or suffer a more severe infection. The high risk group includes the elderly, as well as those with weakened immune systems. We also note that another vulnerable group to COVID-19 ranges from those with asthma to diabetics.  Doctor Jorge Hidalgo shares what you need to know about the conditions that put you at risk for contracting COVID-19.


Doctor Jorge Hidalgo, Internist

“There is a population that is more vulnerable to the virus. These are elderly people with pre-existing medical conditions, especially heart failure, patients with COPD – in those categories we have emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Patients with diabetes – and we know that when we see patients with diabetes in Belize, we know that most of the time the patients have all the complications; Heart complications. Also, they are the most common one that end with kidney failure – meaning that those other groups of vulnerable populations are patients on dialysis; patients with any type of cancer that is undergoing radiotherapy or any kind of chemotherapy; conditions that will essentially weaken your immune system. The best resource at this point is to stress on the different preventative measures that we have. This is our best weapon, once the virus is here, understanding that eighty percent of the people who have the COVID-19 are not serious cases. Only twenty-percent could be a moderate to severe cases. But we hope that we don’t have to reach that stage that we need to face that twenty percent. And this twenty percent is essentially the category of patients that you refer. COVID-19 is serious and this is an opportunity that us as a community, as a country can get together and do our best for each other.”

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