COVID-19 and chronic conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the globe. Elderly people and those with pre-existing chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, respiratory conditions and diabetes appear to be at a higher risk of developing complications and are at high risk of death.


To help everyone involved in responding to this pandemic the CGCC is including some relevant links to resources relevant to people living with Chronic Conditions. The list of publications on COVID-19 and chronic conditions will be updated as these become public


If you are aware of any new useful resource on COVID-19 for people with living chronic conditions please send it to


Publications on COVID-19 and chronic conditions


Perel P, Grobbee DE. The Heart in the Time of the ‘Coronavirus’. Global Heart

Patel AB, Verma A. COVID-19 and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: What Is the Evidence? JAMA

Zheng, Y., Ma, Y., Zhang, J. et al. COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system. Nat Rev Cardiol

Li, B., Yang, J., Zhao, F. et al. Prevalence and impact of cardiovascular metabolic diseases on COVID-19 in China. Clin Res Cardiol 

Xu,H., Hou,K. Xu,H., et al. Acute Myocardial Injury of Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019. medRxiv


Tian, S. Pulmonary Pathology of Early-Phase 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pneumonia in Two Patients With Lung Cancer. Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Wang, H., Zhang, L. Risk of COVID-19 for patients with cancer. The Lancet Oncology

Xia, Y. Jin, et al. Risk of COVID-19 for cancer patients. The Lancet Oncology

Mental Health

Jiang, X. Deng, L. et al. Psychological crisis intervention during the outbreak period of new coronavirus pneumonia from experience in Shanghai. Psychiatry Res.

Duan, L., Zhu, G. Psychological interventions for people affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. Lancet Psychiatry.

Health systems and chronic conditions

Peto Julian. Covid-19 mass testing facilities could end the epidemic rapidly. BMJ

Lloyd-Sherlock, P., Ebrahim, S., Geffen L., McKee M. Bearing the brunt of covid-19: older people in low and middle income countries.  BMJ


COVID-19 and Chronic Conditions resources




CDC guidelines for people with chronic conditions

World Heart Federation

British Columbia Recommendations

NCD Alliance

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Union for International Cancer Control

WHO - operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak

Prostate Cancer Research Centre

One Cancer Voice