If you suffer from conditions like from type 2 diabetes and heart disease, take extra precautions because you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
Bloomberg reported that one in five people worldwide who suffer from such conditions tend to get severe COVID-19 illness if they contract the virus.
Andrew Clark, an associate professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues found that about 349 million out of 1.7 million who suffer from such diseases would probably need to go to the hospital for treatment if they were infected.
Understanding the pattern
However, they said not everyone with an underlying condition would go on to develop severe symptoms.
The report said regions which have younger populations such as Africa, present less risk.
Regions like Europe, where average ages are higher and almost a third of people have at least one health condition, may be less resilient.
Take care everyone!