Who is most at risk?

Some people are more at risk than others of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

Which groups are especially at risk?

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:

  • travellers who have recently been overseas
  • those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • people in detention facilities
  • people in group residential settings

Advice for travellers

People who are more at risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:

  • people with compromised immune systems (eg. cancer)
  • elderly people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they have higher rates of chronic illness
  • people with chronic medical conditions
  • people in group residential settings
  • very young children and babies*

*At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

See  advice for people at risk.

To help protect people most at risk, there are limits on public gatherings.

 

Last updated 27 March 2020 Resource(s)Australian Government, Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#who-is-most-at-risk