Safe Route to Care: Primary health center redesign to protect chronic disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

A robust response to COVID-19 that takes cardiovascular risk factors into account can mitigate the health, social, and economic ravages of the pandemic. In addition to strong public health and social measures and drug and vaccine development, the health system response can protect cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients from COVID-19 infection while guaranteeing that ongoing and essential treatments are not interrupted.