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CDC Covid Guidelines For Seniors

Older Adults

Older adults are at greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with COVID-19

Here's what you need to know:


  • Risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.

  • Certain medical conditions can also increase risk for severe illness.


People at increased risk, and those who live or visit with them, need to take precautions to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.

Increased Risk of Hospitalization or Death

Age Increases Risk for Severe Illness

  • Increased Risk of Hospitalization or Death

  • Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick

  • If You Are Sick

  • Develop a Care Plan

  • Everyday Steps to Stay Healthy

  • Getting Help at Home

The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. Severe illness means that a person with COVID-19 may require:

  • hospitalization,

  • intensive care, or a

  • ventilator to help them breathe, or

  • they may even die.

Age Increases Risk for Hospitalization Older adults are at greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. As you get older, your risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 increases.

Compared to younger adults, older adults are more likely to require hospitalization if they get COVID-19