People with underlying health conditions, such as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, and more likely to die from COVID-19. Risk factors for NCDs can make people more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19. For example, smokers may have reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.
Informing populations about these health risks posed by COVID-19 is critical. In addition, health services need to be adapted to maintain essential NCD services to ensure continuity of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information and guidance are presented in this page to enable health providers and the public to be informed about COVID-19 and NCDs. While acting on the immediate task, we need to redouble our efforts to effectively address NCDs and their risk factors with a medium to long term vision.