The interaction of COVID-19 with co-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a perfect storm, particularly for communities of poverty. While primarily targeting the elderly, NCDs and underlying metabolic conditions- obesity, hypertension, kidney disease, and diabetes in younger people, are all associated with higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to spread, It is not too late to address the underlying drivers of morbidity and mortality – and focus prevention efforts on people suffering from NCDs.
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