Stay Safe If Vulnerable


You can spread the virus to your community and to your loved ones.   So, even if you are not considered "vulnerable" or "high-risk," those you come in contact with may be. 


Who is considered "vulnerable"? 

Since COVID-19 is new, everyone-- regardless of age or health-- is at risk of getting the virus and developing symptoms. Those who are "vulnerable" or "high-risk" are at risk of getting severely sick, which could lead to hospitalization, long-term health issues, or even death.

Currently, those considered "vulnerable" or "high-risk" are:

  • Are an older adult, especially 65 years or older (8 out of 10 of people who have died due to COVID-19 were 65 years or older).

  • Have certain medical conditions (see below).

Certain medical conditions are known to put you at risk, while others might put you at risk.​ If you have any of the following conditions, you should consider taking additional precautions against the virus. Check back often for updates the the following lists. 


Updated on July 16, 2020

Known to put you at risk:

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)

  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus


Might put you at risk​:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)

  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure

  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines

  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia

  • Liver disease

  • Pregnancy

  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)

  • Smoking

  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Learn more how the CDC determined this list of conditions​.

Can children be considered "vulnerable?" 

    Yes. The information we have now tells us that everyone can get the virus and so everyone can get     

    sick, and certain children are at risk of severe symptoms.

  • Children who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children. 

Visit the CDC for more tips to keep the children in your life safe.

Safety precautions if you are vulnerable:

  • Follow general preventative recommendations.

  • Limit contact with people outside of your household.

  • Always wear a cloth face covering when leaving your home.

  • Avoid touching common surfaces outside of your home (door knobs, countertops, etc).

  • Ask the people in your household to take additional precautions as well, such as avoiding gatherings where social distancing is not possible.

  • If you do find yourself experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

  • Work with your healthcare provider and/or Missoula City-County Health Department if you would like more advice.

Visit the CDC for more guidance​.