Diabetics, asthmatics, and smokers are most at risk for coronavirus

The coronavirus is more dangerous for some than for others. For example, people with a weakened immune system, but also the chronically ill, asthmatics, and even smokers are at higher risk of complications if they become infected.

Many governmental bodies on health-related cases have drawn up lists of people who have to pay extra attention to corona times. For example, information on how to apply hygiene measures and advice on how one can slow down the spread of the virus.

An overview of people with higher risk

  • Persons over 65 years of age
  • Diabetics
  • Persons with heart disease
  • Persons with lung diseases
  • Persons with kidney disease
  • People with weakened immune systems: these include cancer patients and people with autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, where the mucous membrane inflames in joints, lupus, and multiple sclerosis (MS)).

It doesn’t stop there, because there is also an increased risk:

  • People with high blood pressure
  • HIV patients
  • Anyone who has ever undergone an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • Asthma patients
  • Smokers (who have a weaker immune system due to the effects of cigarettes)
  • Passive smokers (for the same reason as smokers)

These people not only run a higher risk of being infected with the virus, but they can also take longer to get rid of it and experience more severe complications.


If you have symptoms that could indicate a coronavirus-related infection, acetaminophen remains the first choice in case of fever and pain. It is best not to take substances such as ibuprofen and Voltaren


There is no yet scientific evidence that supports the potential impact of the use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and corticosteroids on COVID-19. It is well known that NSAIDs and corticosteroids can lead to severe complications study reveals. NSAIDs include both acetylsalicylic acid, whose brand name is Aspirin, for example, and ibuprofen, better known as, for instance, Brufen, Nurofen. So those resources should not be taken.

Slow down the spread of the virus by observing the following advice:

  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or cuddling the persons you meet
  • Pay exceptional attention to people who are considered as being at risk, such as older people over 65, people with diabetes or with a heart, lung or kidney disease, and people with a weakened immune system.
  • Children do not belong to those groups of people at risk, but they can easily transmit the virus. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid contacts between children and older adults.
  • Try keeping a distance from others when you are in a crowded place.
  • Avoid contact with persons who are visibly ill and maintain a range from them.

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