People who are at a higher risk than others of developing severe illness and/or death.
People in the COVID-19 high-risk category include those who are elderly and/or those who have underlying health conditions/comorbidity such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and who have weak immune systems.
In some countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) groups, immigrant communities and low-income groups may also be at higher risk of infection and developing COVID-19. These groups usually have limited access to health services and are unable to follow strict physical distancing guidelines because of cramped living conditions. Indigent people who are unemployed and have less access to health services and good nutrition are more likely to suffer co-morbidities, putting them in the high-risk group.