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Why some existing illnesses and conditions appear to make people more vulnerable to Covid-19

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A man wearing a protective face mask and glove drinks a coffee, as Italy begins a staged end to its nationwide lockdown. Photo: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

A man wearing a protective face mask and glove drinks a coffee, as Italy begins a staged end to its nationwide lockdown. Photo: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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A man wearing a protective face mask and glove drinks a coffee, as Italy begins a staged end to its nationwide lockdown. Photo: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

What are the triggers behind hospital figures across Ireland showing the extent to which the coronavirus is particularly dangerous for patients with some existing illnesses?

Heart disease is the most common condition among patients who end up in intensive care, followed by long-term respiratory disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and chronic kidney disease.



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