Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes harm the lungs and hinder their ability to heal, making a person more susceptible to COVID-19 symptoms. Smoking is associated with more severe effects of COVID-19. PAGE 2: Since 2000, the Washington State Quitline has helped tens of thousands of Washington residents quit smoking. You can get free, […]

Mental Health

The pandemic has led to a 25% increase in anxiety and depression worldwide. Self-care can be crucial in maintaining your mental health and can support treatment and recovery if you have a mental health condition. This means setting aside time to do things that help you live well and improve your physical and mental health. […]


Cancer isn’t a single disease but a group of related diseases. Many factors in our genes, lifestyles, and environments can increase or reduce our risk of getting cancer. If you have cancer, you’re at a higher risk of more severe effects from COVID-19. All adults between 45 and 75 should start regular tests to detect […]


People with one or more medical conditions, including dementia, are at a higher risk of experiencing more severe effects when contracting COVID-19. As we age, many of us experience some degree of memory loss. Sometimes it’s normal, but other times it can be a sign of dementia and other health issues.  Dementia is not a […]

Herpes Zoster

Contracting COVID-19 can increase the likelihood of individuals over 50 developing shingles. Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox; if you had chickenpox, you might be at risk of getting shingles later in life. People might feel pain, itching, or tingling in the area where the rash will appear. This […]


People with one or more medical conditions, including diabetes, are at a higher risk of experiencing more severe effects when contracting COVID-19. Diabetes is a condition in which the level of glucose in the blood, also known as blood sugar, becomes very high.  Blood glucose is the primary source of energy derived from food. Insulin, […]


COVID-19 poses a higher risk for individuals and populations who are overweight or obese.  Having obesity can triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection. Concerned about obesity? Consult a medical professional; Overweight is associated with other conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases. Today is the best day to start making a […]


#DidYouKnow? Contracting COVID-19 can increase the risk of a stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). A stroke occurs when an artery is blocked by a clot or ruptures. You can reduce the risk of experiencing a stroke by making healthy lifestyle changes. These are the most important measures you can take to reduce […]

Dental Health

The populations most impacted by COVID-19 face a higher risk of oral diseases and experience disparities in oral health.  COVID-19 has restricted access to dental care due to closures and reduced hours of dental offices, except for emergency and urgent services. Healthy teeth and gums make eating well and enjoying a good meal easier.  Several […]


Hypertension is higher than normal blood pressure and can contribute to heart disease, strokes, more severe effects of COVID-19, and other serious conditions. It’s crucial to consult a professional if you suspect you’re at risk. Measure your blood pressure with a medical professional, at a pharmacy, or using a home blood pressure monitor. Small reductions […]