JIC: Older adults, people with serious medical conditions most at risk with COVID-19

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Older adults and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions are most at risk for serious complications and death due to COVID-19. Serious chronic medical conditions include:

Heart disease


Lung disease


Immunocompromised conditions (e.g. cancer, lupus)

Chronic liver disease

Chronic renal disease

Neurologic or neurodevelopmental condition

Current or former smoker


Symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mil symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing



Muscle pain

Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell

This list is not exhaustive of all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below, to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians, or call 311 and dial option number 1.

(671) 480-7859/83 ● (671) 685-0358

(671) 480-6760/3 ● (671) 998-4442/60/74/80

(671) 687-7321 ● (671) 687-6170 (ADA Dedicated Number)

If you are severely ill, call 911 immediately.

The medical triage hotline is available Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

(JIC Release No. 368)