Controversial study links COVID-19 severity to ACEIs and ARBs, despite warnings of no 'sound scientific basis or evidence'
Council on Hypertension of the European Society of Cardiology have urged people to continue taking their medications.Is Hydroxychloroquine the Answer to COVID-19 Pandemic? Racing For a Cure Models have previously suggested ACE inhibitors may increase the number of ACE2 receptors in the cardiopulmonary circulation, meaning people who take ACEIS and ARBs may have more of these receptors in their lungs that SARS-CoV-2 can bind to. Diaz says this may make them at greater risk of severe infection. Before his paper appeared online, the European Society of Cardiology and the Council on Hypertension issued a joint statement waning people not to stop taking their medication, saying there is no"sound scientific basis or evidence to support it." It said:"Because of the social media-related amplification, patients taking these drugs for their high blood pressure and their doctors have become increasingly concerned, and, in some cases, have stopped taking their ACE-I or ARB medications. "This speculation about the safety of ACE-i or ARB treatment in relation to COVID-19 does not have a sound scientific basis or evidence to support it. Indeed, there is evidence from studies in animals suggesting that these medications might be rather protective against serious lung complications in patients with COVID-19 infection, but to date there is no data in humans. "The wish to highlight the lack of any evidence supporting harmful effect of ACE-I and ARB in the context of the pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. "The Council on Hypertension strongly recommend that physicians and patients should continue treatment with their usual anti-hypertensive therapy because there is no clinical or scientific evidence to suggest that treatment with ACEi or ARBs should be discontinued because of the COVID-19 infection." Representative image of a coronavirus. A study has linked drugs taken for hypertension and other conditions to the severity of COVID-19. iStock COVID-19 is believed to be asymptomatic in most people who get it. For people who do show symptoms, it presents as a fever and cough. In most cases, these symptoms are mild or moderate. But in some cases, mostly among older people, the virus results in severe symptoms and death. Current figures from Johns Hopkins University show there have been almost 384,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 16,500 deaths. More than 100,000 have recovered from the virus. Diaz says more research is needed to investigate the potential link between COVID-19 and ACEIs or ARBs."Patients treated with ACEIs and ARBs for cardiovascular diseases should not stop taking their medicine," he said. World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Hygiene advice Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste. Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands. Medical advice If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance. Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance. Mask usage Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning. Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask. Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of mask. Do not reuse single-use masks. Read more: Newsweek
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