The Risk Factors for COVID-19

1

Washing your hands

The more often you wash your hands, the less likely you are to contract COVID-19 or any disease for that matter.

2

Gender

The Chinese CCDC has shown that men have a 50% higher death rate than women, though this may be related to smoking.

3

Smoking

Smokers are at increased risk of dying from COVID-19.

4

Where you live, part 1

Epidemics and pandemics spread much more quickly in cities than rural and suburban areas.

5

Where you live, part 2

For now, you're much more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 if you live in China or East Asia.

6

Age

The Chinese CCDC has shown that older people have a significantly higher death rate.

7

Contact with someone who's been in China recently

The vast majority of cases outside China have been attributed to people who recently travelled there.

8

Contact with someone who's been diagnosed with COVID-19

Current Ro for COVID-19 is between 1.4 and 2.5, which means each person who gets the illness will pass it to between 1.4 and 2.5 people on average.