Information note COVID-19 and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
For people living with or affected by non-communicable diseases:
- People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The risk of becoming severely ill with the virus appears to increase if you are 60+.
- People with pre-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) also appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
These NCDs include:
- Cardiovascular disease (e.g. hypertension, persons who have had, or are at risk for, a heart attack or stroke) Chronic respiratory disease (e.g. COPD)