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Coronavirus Q&A: I Have An Underlying Condition. How Much More Cautious Should I Be?

LAist, Mar. 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Q&A: I Have An Underlying Condition. How Much More Cautious Should I Be?

Here’s an explanation from Dr. Shruti Gohil [associate medical director, epidemiology and infection prevention, UCI Health],with the UCI Medical Center, who’s helping lead the effort to prepare the hospital for COVID-19:

“So if you’re a diabetic or asthmatic and/or have some other immunocompromising condition, you are at higher risk than someone without those conditions. But, say you’re a very well-controlled diabetic or a very well-controlled asmathic and you’ve weathered viruses in the past and maybe even this season… there’s a spectrum. It’s really important that patients understand that each of us are on a spectrum of what your risk is.”