PROBLEM: Do chronic respiratory diseases or their treatment affect the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection?

Authors: Alexandra Freeman
Date added: 13th April 2020, 18:22:27

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Do chronic respiratory diseases or their treatment affect the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is an acute respiratory disease that can lead to respiratory failure and death. Previous epidemics of novel coronavirus diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), were associated with similar clinical features and outcomes. One might anticipate that patients with chronic respiratory diseases, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, would be at increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and more severe presentations of COVID-19.

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