COVID-19 & Chronic Disease or Illness

Published on: November 11, 2020. Updated on: December 10, 2020.

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Managing chronic health problems is even more important during the pandemic because certain medical conditions, including diabetes, obesity, cancer and kidney disease, place adults of all ages at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (CDC). More than three-quarters of the people who have died from COVID-19 had at least one preexisting condition.

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CDC Data: Wortham JM, Lee JT, Althomsons S, et al. Characteristics of Persons Who Died with COVID-19 — United States, February 12–May 18, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:923-929. DOI:


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