Coronavirus Alerts: Warning All Those With Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma Or COPD Diseases Are Advised To Take Extra Precautions.
Based on released studies from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Centre, it has been shown that most individuals irrespective of age, who have underlying health problems, are at a higher risk of dying from the Covid-19 disease that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
It was observed that those with cardiovascular problems including those with pacemakers, prior heart attacks or strokes, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and COPD diseases were at a higher risk of dying from the Covid-19 disease. (read also : https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/american-college-of-cardiology-warns-that-sars-cov-2-coronavirus-could-be-dangerous-for-those-with-cardiovascular-diseases-and-issues-guidelines
Most significantly, older adults with preexisting heart conditions or hypertension face a sharply higher risk, according to preliminary statistics from a study covering more than 72,000 patients in China.
As an added precaution in countries, where the breakouts are just beginning to happen, all patients with such underlying diseases are advised to consult your attending specialists and to stock up on necessary prescriptions and drugs for at least 6 months to a year. This would help save the trouble of visiting a healthcare facility during the actual breakouts where it has been said that hospital transmissions of the coronavirus are usually higher and also because global shortages of some of these drugs might occur. (Individuals should not however start panicking and start overdoing things.)
It also best to start arranging for telemedicine platforms with your GP, specialist or healthcare facility so that in situations of illnesses or incidences, unnecessary travel to healthcare facilities can be avoided. (most hospitals are currently already offering such facilities.)
All such patients should get the relevant telephone numbers and teleconferencing facilities of your healthcare and specialist on standby in case of emergency.
All such patients should also stock up on all necessary home diagnostics ie glucometers etc and other supplies to avoid as much outside travel while isolating themselves as much as possible to avoid possible contract with infected individuals.
Relatives and friends staying in the same households should try to minimize exposure to them and also take extra precautions to avoid spreading the virus unknowingly to them.
For more information, contact your local healthcare specialist or healthcare facility as possible if the outbreak has not happened in your community or locality.
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Reference : Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in ChinaSummary of a Report of 72 314 Cases From the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Zunyou Wu, MD, PhD; Jennifer M. McGoogan, PhD
Published online February 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2648