The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their list of conditions that may put people at increased risk of severe illness if they contract coronavirus.
“Revisions were made on October 6, 2020 to reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 among adults with COVID-19 who have obesity, who have overweight, or who smoke or have a history of smoking,” the CDC announced on its website.
The inclusion of being overweight means more than two-thirds of Americans are now at higher risk of facing serious illness from the novel virus.
According to the CDC, people are considered overweight if they have a body mass index of 25 to 30, while obesity means having a body mass index of 30 or higher.
Earlier this week, the CDC revised its website to acknowledge that COVID-19 is in-fact airborne, and can spread and stay in the air for minutes and even hours.
“Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space,” the agency’s new guidelines read.
“This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission and is an important way that infections like tuberculosis, measles, and chickenpox are spread.”