The Link Between Chronic Disease and Covid-19 Explained
Insights from a doctor
What to know about the link between the coronavirus and chronic disease. Medical experts have said for some time that having a chronic illness is a risk factor for more severe Covid-19 infections. Physician Bo Stapler, MD, writes:
There is little argument that those over age 65 must take special precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. But what about people under 65 who suffer from chronic disease? One report indicates that more than 40 million adults in the United States under age 65 fit into this high-risk category because of chronic medical conditions.
Thus far, people with chronic medical conditions have largely been given a binary, one-size-fits-all notice that they are at increased risk, but what does that mean from a practical standpoint? How should individuals living with chronic disease behave differently?
Read below for the answer.