The novel coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China in December 2019 and since then rapidly spread across the world. On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
As a global organization representing the cardiovascular community, WHF is committed to offering the latest evidence of the outbreak and ensuring everyone is aware of the necessary measures to protect themselves and others in order to slow the spread of the disease.
Learn more about the WHF Global Study on CVD and COVID-19.
Signs & symptoms
Symptoms of the infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately. Warning signs may include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Research suggests that some individuals are more vulnerable to the worst outcomes of the virus:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease