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When Chronic Diseases Meet Infectious Diseases: A Proposal Toward Healthy Aging: Lessons from COVID-19 Outbreak

Version 1 : Received: 2 May 2020 / Approved: 3 May 2020 / Online: 3 May 2020 (08:15:24 CEST)

How to cite: Gómez-Verjan, J.C.; García-Peña, C.; Rivero-Segura, N.A. When Chronic Diseases Meet Infectious Diseases: A Proposal Toward Healthy Aging: Lessons from COVID-19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020050035 Gómez-Verjan, J.C.; García-Peña, C.; Rivero-Segura, N.A. When Chronic Diseases Meet Infectious Diseases: A Proposal Toward Healthy Aging: Lessons from COVID-19 Outbreak. Preprints 2020, 2020050035

Abstract

As the novel COVID-19 disease spreads around the world, the most affected population are those who suffer from the most common chronic diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, which are quite associated with the so-called age-related diseases. On the other hand, since the Spanish influenza outbreak, humanity has not experienced an infectious disease that synergizes so quickly with chronic diseases, making it mortal for those individuals with comorbidities. In this context, COVID-19 is challenging for health systems all around the world due to the high prevalence of chronic diseases. Nowadays, we are facing the beginning of a new era in which health infectious and chronic diseases meet. Therefore, epidemiologic and biomedical researchers must work together to solve further contingencies, and politicians should direct science-centered decisions on public health. In the present paper, we make an urgent call to learn from the COVID-19 lessons in order to mitigate the chronic diseases prevalence and to address the influence of the infectious diseases on the aging process; since we are about to begin the Decade of Healthy Aging.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Chronic diseases; Aging; Immune response; Public health; Healthy Aging

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