Information Note: COVID-19 and NCDs

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Date published
31 Jul 2021
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COVID-19, Health

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: o Cardiovascular disease (e.g. hypertension, persons who have had, or are at risk for, a heart attack or stroke) o Chronic respiratory disease (e.g. COPD) o Diabetes o Cancer.