Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus.
Some people can have COVID-19, be contagious, and not show any symptoms. Although you may not feel the effects of this disease, you could still spread it to someone who is at higher risk of becoming severely ill, which means they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may not survive.
People at higher risk generally include older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
Following the simple recommended safety measures such as wearing face coverings and socially distancing helps protect all of our communities, especially our most vulnerable.
Find more recommendations on our COVID-19 Guidance page.