We’ve heard that elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk if they’re infected with coronavirus, but those can seem like really general terms. Who does that include? And why can they face more serious illness?

“According to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], some of the underlying conditions that may put you at higher risk include: chronic lung disease and asthma, heart disease and undergoing cancer treatment,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an episode of CNN’s “Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction” podcast. Anyone with diabetes, kidney failure or liver failure may also be at higher risk.

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