Cancer has been added to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of underlying medical conditions that increase risk of severe illness from Covid-19.
“Revisions were made on July 17, 2020 to reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe Covid-19 among individuals with cancer,” the CDC website says.
The increased risk applies to people of all ages.
The other conditions included on the list include chronic kidney disease, obesity, serious heart conditions and Type 2 diabetes.
They also list conditions that could lead to an increased risk of severe illness. These include asthma, cystic fibrosis and high blood pressure.
The CDC says it will continue to update information as more becomes known.