If you have certain risk factors prior to catching the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, you might be among the 20% of people who have a tougher time kicking the disease to the curb. Why? Experts aren’t yet sure (they’re doing round-the-clock research), but many factors—health conditions, even your lifestyle—could impact your outcome. Some things you can change (smoking, for instance). Other things (like age!), not so much. It’s important to know the risk for how sick you could become so you can best monitor your health should you contract it.
One caveat: This quiz is just an estimate, not a definite. You still might be in that 80% of people who have mild symptoms from COVID-19, even with risk factors. There’s still a lot we don’t know and need to learn about this illness. We spoke with John Swartzberg, M.D., clinical professor emeritus, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology Division, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, in Berkeley, CA, to develop a quiz that can help estimate your odds of developing a severe infection.