If an advisory about the pandemic didn't come from the World Health Organization, it's best to exercise caution. Especially if its tone is downplaying risks. When it comes to health advisory in the U.S., if it doesn't come from a reputable source — one that is often cited in reports or doesn't have any association with credible entities in the field — it's best to ignore it for one basic reason: special interest.
There's a lot of lobbying in the U.S. to the benefit of corporations. When they downplay certain risk factors, like with the novel coronavirus, use critical thinking to scrutinize the message and intent. Follow the money.
As for downplaying the risks of having hypertension — a condition associated with heart disease — and contracting coronavirus, it seems… irresponsible.
(NPR) — Experts say there's not enough evidence to support reports that hypertension appeared to be an independent risk factor for dying from COVID-19.
Despite reports hypertension may be risk factor for people who get infected with the coronavirus, experts says there's not enough evidence to support that fear.
The short answer appears to be: People with high blood pressure may be at increased risk, especially if it's not under control and they have other health problems. But if their blood pressure is under control and they don't have other risk factors, they probably are not at any greater peril, experts say.
The concern was prompted in part by a large study conducted in China. The study found that high blood pressure appeared to be an independent risk factor for dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
In addition, the research did not make it clear whether the apparent increased risk was among people whose high blood pressure was under control with medication or not.
A letter recently published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine sparked concerns because some of the drugs affect a cellular gateway the virus uses to infect cells.
But the heart association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Failure Society of America issued a joint statement that there was no evidence that's the case. The groups urge patients not to discontinue their medication.