People with several long-term conditions at 48% greater coro
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The presence of two or more long term health conditions—known as multimorbidity—is linked to a 48% higher risk of a positive COVID-19 test.

A new study led by the University of Glasgow and published in PLOS ONE, is the first to link both multimorbidity and polypharmacy with the risk of having a positive COVID-19 test.

This association was particularly apparent for those with two or more cardiometabolic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Researchers found that the presence of two or more such conditions was associated with a 77% higher risk of a positive COVID-19 test.

Those of non-white ethnicity, who also had multimorbidity, had almost three times the risk of a positive COVID-19 test.

Overall, people with multimorbidity who appeared to have the highest risk of COVID-19 infection were from socioeconomically deprived areas, of non-white ethnicity, considered severely obese, and those with reduced renal function.

The study is based on UK Biobank data, which is now linked to Covid-19 test results. It included 428,199 adults aged between 37 and 73 at the time of recruitment (2006-2010) across England and Wales.

Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238091
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