Is a person at increased risk for getting infected with the coronavirus if they previously had a blood clot?
No, a prior history of blood clots does not increase the chances of getting infected with the novel coronavirus. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person to person, in close contact (within about six feet), and mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Also, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that transmission from people without symptoms accounts for a large portion of all COVID-19 transmission.