And “in those with chronic medical conditions, the body’s immune response is not as strong a response when exposed to viruses,” she added.
Other underlying conditions that may increase your risk of complications
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), coronaviruses can cause more severe symptoms and complications in people with diabetes, as well as in older people, and those with long term conditions such as cancer or chronic lung disease.
How to protect yourself and others from catching the virus
While the scientific community and public health bodies pool their resources together to develop a vaccine, it is believed that maintaining good hygiene standards is the best way to reduce your risk of catching and spreading coronavirus.
The most important measure is to wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds, according to the NHS.