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COVID-19 Guidance for the Public



    What is COVID-19?

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Find additional information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Are there certain groups of people at higher risk of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms?

    People age 65 and older are at higher risk for experiencing severe symptoms if they contract the infection. In addition, people with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, people with serious heart conditions, and people who are undergoing immunotherapy treatment for cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other conditions are also at high risk for severe symptoms. Check CDC’s page on higher risk groups for more information.

    How can I protect myself and my family?

    To find out how best to protect yourself and others, see the federal government’s website, There, you will find accurate and comprehensive information from the CDC and other federal agencies about symptoms of the infection and risk factors, and about how to practice social distancing, which is the best way to slow the spread of the virus. You can also find the latest news on cases of COVID-19 in the United States, as well as how individual households, travelers, schools, businesses, healthcare professionals, health departments and others can all do their part to help slow the spread.

    Where can I get additional information on health topics related to COVID-19?

    NHLBI offers a broad selection of health topics related to heart, lung, blood, and sleep. The following topics may be of particular interest during this time.

    In addition, be sure to check these additional COVID-19 information sources from HHS:

    Last Updated April 29, 2020