We all keep hearing Iowans with underlying medical conditions are more at risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 (coronavirus). Another common story is the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus so it doesn't overwhelm our healthcare system. Specifics on each are often in short supply.

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What are all the specific underlying medical conditions? Here's the specifics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of kidney disease or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis.
Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS).
Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks.
Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus)
Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease)
Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].

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