New information on covid-19 risk groups

In a new report, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (“Socialstyrelsen”) identifies the groups most at risk of being especially seriously affected if they contract covid-19.

According to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare the people most at risk are those with:

  • advanced age, 70 years and older; 
  • obesity,  with a BMI over 40;
  • cancer or with ongoing or recently completed cancer treatment;
  • neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson's, MS or ALS with involved muscular functioning;
  • intellectual impairment and disability (multifunctional impairment);
  • at least two of the following: cardiovascular disease (angina, heart failure, stroke), hypertension, diabetes with complications, chronic kidney disease and kidney failure, chronic lung disease (other than asthma) and chronic liver disease.
  • People with immunodeficiency diseases, diseases, or residual conditions after diseases that seriously affect certain organ functions, spinal cord injury with a need for continuous respiratory support, as well as treatment that may impair the body's defense against viral infections.
  • The combination of several risk factors increases the risk further.

Swedish welfare has proposed to the government that people who live together with someone who has an increased risk should temporarily refrain from work outside of the home, if their work situation is such that the Public Health Agency of Sweden's advice regarding contagion protection cannot be followed.

The list is based on knowledge from the time that the Corona virus first occurred in January to the present. The knowledge of risk factors is still low, and the assessment may need to be reconsidered and developed, writes the agency.

Source: the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (“Socialstyrelsen”)

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