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)
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
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WHO
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