COVID-19: Prevention and Groups at Higher Risk

You can find guidance below tailored for specific groups of people, including children and people with health conditions that could put them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in NYC and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or PMIS.

MIS-C is like other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children with MIS-C can have problems with their heart and other organs and need to receive medical care in a hospital.

Pregnant People

People at High Risk of Severe Illness

People who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are adults ages 50 and older (people 65 and older are at the highest risk), and people who have underlying health conditions such as:

People who are at risk of severe illness need to be especially careful to monitor their health. If you have an underlying health condition or are 65 or older, consider staying home to protect yourself. Work from home if you can, avoid crowds and gatherings, and be sure to practice physical distancing and other precautions if you go out.

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