I guess we are all pretty de-sensitised to the term 'underlying health conditions' and its association with increased chances of succumbing to Covid-19 by now. But what do we actually know about these underlying health conditions? What are they? And why do they put us more at risk? According to Dr Henderson in patient.info/news-and-features/covid-19-corona..."Underlying chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease can affect the immune system. Th
COVID-19 causes inflammation of the lungs - pneumonia - and kills us when our immune system spirals out of control and causes damage throughout the body.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome, caused by the widespread inflammation in the lungs, then stops the body getting enough oxygen it needs to survive. It can stop the kidneys from cleaning the blood and damage the lining of your intestines.
And if the immune system cannot get on top of the virus, then it will eventually s