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Long-term conditions and severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

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  • Author(s): Robinson, Patricia
  • Source:
    British Journal of Community Nursing. May2020, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p247-251. 5p.
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    • Abstract:
      Observation of infection trends through the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has indicated that those with certain pre-existing chronic conditions, such as hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obesity, are particularly likely to develop severe infection and experience disastrous sequelae, including near-fatal pneumonia. This article aims to outline how SARS-CoV-2 affects people and to consider why individuals living with long-term conditions are at increased risk from infection caused by this virus. A summary of available clinical guidelines with recommendations is presented, to provide community nurses with the up-to-date information required for protecting individuals living with a number of long-term conditions. Additionally, special measures required are outlined, so that community nurses may reflect on how to best provide nursing care for individuals living with long-term conditions and understand protection measures for individuals at increased risk from severe COVID-19. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]