They’re living with an invisible illness. Social distancing will save their lives

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(Christina Zdanowicz/ CNN) — While there’s concern for the elderly catching coronavirus, there’s another high-risk group that has nothing to do with age.

People with underlying medical conditions are also more likely to become seriously ill if they get it. Some of them are young and most of them may not look sick at all. Millions of them are living with a compromised immune system.

It’s estimated that about 3% of the US population is immunosuppressed, according to a 2013 National Health Interview Survey. That’s roughly 9 million people living with a weakened immune system today.

Some of them have a disease that’s weakened their immune systems. Others are taking immunosuppressants for cancer or organ transplants.

Coronavirus has made life a lot harder for the immune-compromised. These are some of the challenges they’re facing: (…)

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