Skill Checkup: An 18-Year-Old Woman With Fever, Headache, Malaise, Muscle Pain and Shortness of Breath

Enrico Brunetti, MD


May 11, 2023

This patient's type 1 diabetes is a comorbidity that has been shown to increase the risk for more severe COVID-19 illness. Other comorbidities that contribute to this higher risk include type 2 diabetes, cancer, cerebrovascular disease and heart conditions.

The risk for COVID-19 increases with age; those aged ≥ 65 years are at highest risk, so age is not a risk factor for this patient. Attending university is not a known risk factor for patients developing moderate COVID-19 illness. Male sex is typically linked to more serious disease and death than female sex.


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