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Posted on March 19th, 2020
In the United States, about 60% of the people suffer from one of the chronic health problems and the remaining 40% have more than one chronic disease. With the growing number of COVID-19 cases being reported, the people with underlying lung conditions need to be vigilant.
Though most cases of COVID-19 are mild, the patients with long-term health problems and weaker immune systems are worse affected by the virus. It has been found that the people who have a severe underlying respiratory disease will be more prone to the novel coronavirus infection than the others. These patients are more likely to have worsening shortness of breath along with swelling around their lungs, and life-threatening infection. Factors such as infection and morbidity are of greater concern in people suffering from chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD-chronic bronchitis or emphysema) and asthma. Certainly, the chronic lung conditions that lead to complications following the coronavirus infection are more common in older individuals. The death rate has been estimated to be 6.5% among the group of COVID-19 patients with underlying chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD and asthma.
If patients with chronic lung disease get infected with coronavirus, they become prone to additional bacterial infection, which further increases their risk of severe illness and death. Here are some steps that can be taken to lower the risk of getting sick from coronavirus:
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