It is common to get sick from respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), especially in the fall and winter. There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others. Learn about whether you’re more likely to get seriously ill, how to prevent these viruses, and if these viruses are spreading in your community.
Anyone can get a respiratory virus infection, but some people have a higher risk of getting very sick from it. Certain respiratory viruses, like the ones that cause COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, are more likely than others to make people very sick.
Whether or not you're at higher risk, you can use strategies and tools to lower your chances of catching or spreading a respiratory virus and lower your likelihood of getting very sick if you do catch one.
Learn more about risk groups.
Select any of these risk groups, which may apply to you or someone you spend time with, for personalized information: