What is the risk to people in the United States?

According to the CDC, the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans. However, as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. For the latest information, see the CDC's risk assessment.

Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness, according to the CDC.

Updated March 25, 2020