Report: 45% of Americans have conditions that could lead to severe COVID-19 complications

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1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking. It requires the nominal warning, "Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous To Your Health," on all cigarette packaging.

Each person infected with COVID-19 experiences a different level of symptoms and complications. But, a report cited by the Washington State Operations Center indicates 45 percent of American adults have an underlying condition that could potentially lead to more serious complications from the virus.

That statistic was cited in a briefing dated April 6th and obtained by 4 News Now.

The report doesn’t cite which conditions those could be, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined those underlying conditions.

Some of the conditions have been reported for weeks. For example, people 65 and older and those who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are considered at high-risk.

The list also includes people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; people who have serious heart conditions; people who are immunocompromised; people with diabetes; people with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and people with liver disease.

Less often reported are the risk factors related to weight and smoking. The CDC says people with severe obesity, defined as a body mass index of 40 or higher, are at higher risk. Also, people who smoke.

The National Institutes of Health show that people who smoke or vape may face heightened risk, along with people considered chronic opioid users.

Aside from just the risk to the lungs, part of the risk to smokers is regular contact between their hands and their mouth.