Patients of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be especially careful not to contract the novel coronavirus, as respiratory problems can prove lethal for COVID-19 patients, a Turkish doctor said on Thursday.

Dr. Nesrin Ocal, a pulmonologist at the University of Health Sciences in Istanbul, said people with such health conditions were at higher risk and should use their medication regularly.

“COPD ranks third among death causes worldwide, yet people can live long years with a well-prepared treatment […] As for asthma, it does not have a high age average, unlike that of COPD, and has a

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