Comorbidities Increase Risks For COVID Patients

Comorbidities such as heart disease, respiratory disease, renal disease and cancer lead to an increased risk of death from Covid-19, says new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). The findings, published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open’, note that having more than one disease or chronic condition at the same time lead to increased mortality and severity of disease. Says researcher Dr Vassilios Vassiliou, “It is the comorbidities such as cardiac disease or respiratory disease, cancer or obesity amongst others that lead to an increased mortality. And we can confirm that the blood pressure medications themselves are protective, not only for people who have high blood pressure, but for people with a range of other comorbidities as well.”

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