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Slide What is a chronic condition? A chronic condition is a medical condition that lasts for three months or longer and it doesn’t go away. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better the chances are for managing it successfully. Arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease), diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, major depression, migraines, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis (TB). There are many chronic conditions but some of the most common are: The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that people with chronic conditions like HIV, diabetes, high blood pressure and TB could be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, as their immune systems may be compromised, particularly if they are not on treatment or are not taking their medication as prescribed.
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Chronic Conditions and COVID-19
While our understanding of COVID-19 is limited, we do know that people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and they may have poorer treatment outcomes, especially if their condition is untreated or their treatment is interrupted. The WHO advises that older people and people who have chronic conditions are more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19. Within this context, people with chronic conditions should take extra steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection by taking their medication as prescribed, following strict social (physical) distancing, washing their hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser, and wearing a cloth face-mask when out of the house.

Slide What is a chronic condition? A chronic condition is a medical condition that lasts for three months or longer and it doesn’t go away. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better the chances are for managing it successfully. There are many of chronic conditions but some of the most common are: Arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease), diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, major depression, migraines, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis (TB). Chronic Conditions and COVID-19 The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that people with chronic conditions like HIV, diabetes, high blood pressure and TB could be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, as their immune systems may be compromised, particularly if they are not on treatment or are not taking their medication as prescribed. While our understanding of COVID-19 is limited, we do know that people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and they may have poorer treatment outcomes, especially if their condition is untreated or their treatment is interrupted. The WHO advises that older people and people who have chronic conditions are more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19. Within this context, people with chronic conditions should take extra steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection by taking their medication as prescribed, following strict social (physical) distancing, washing their hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser, and wearing a cloth face-mask when out of the house. Proudly brought to you by For official information on the COVID-19 situation, click here