You most likely are familiar with the following warning when it comes to exposure to COVID-19: Individuals sixty years of age and older with underlying conditions should stay at home and avoid gatherings or other situations of potenal exposures, including travel to affected areas.
The question is what constitutes an underlying condition. I recently received the following from the Iowa Department of Public Health that lists ten such conditions. Health conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 include individuals with:
● Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners).
● Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis.
● Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic
hepas) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
● Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a
doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiaon, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corcosteroids or other immunosuppressant medicaons, HIV or AIDS).
● Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks.
● Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus).
● Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and
● Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease).
● Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen.
● Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury.
More Resources: Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Webpage CDC Webpage Iowa Department of Public Health 3/14/2020 – 8:30 p.m.
As you make decisions on whether or not to attend a church service or other gathering, be sure to take this information into consideration.
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Bohmer