'Striking' lack of patients with chronic respiratory disease in severe COVID-19

European respiratory physicians canvas reasons for the under-representation of this comorbidity

Early data suggest that fewer people than expected with pre-existing chronic respiratory disease are getting severe COVID-19, British and Spanish respiratory physicians say.

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In an opinion piece in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Professor David Halpin from the University of Exeter, UK, and co-authors from the National Spanish Network for Respiratory Research discuss the anomaly.

“One might anticipate that patients with chronic respiratory diseases, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease