Coronavirus disease 2019, also called COVID-19, is an illness that can affect your lungs and other parts of the respiratory system. The main symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Most people will have mild symptoms and recover without having to go to the hospital, but the virus can cause severe illness with complications such as pneumonia and even death.
People who are at higher risk of these complications include those with heart disease, lung disease, and those who are older than 65. People with high blood pressure also appear to be at higher risk, according to research from China. More research is needed to understand whether high blood pressure alone increases risk.
If you are living with a heart condition, take extra care to protect yourself from infection.
The virus is thought to travel from person to person through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. It also may spread when someone touches a surface, such as a table or doorknob, that has the virus on it. To help you stay healthy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you wash your hands and clean frequently touched surfaces. It's also a good idea to stay home to avoid exposure. Go to the More Information page for tips and links to the full list of the CDC's recommendations.
Also, please check this resource for updates about how COVID-19 affects patients with heart conditions.
Last updated: March 27, 2020