5 Ways to Protect Your Heart During a Pandemic

More than thirty million people in the United States are living with heart disease and it’s the leading cause of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies from cardiovascular disease every thirty-six seconds. COVID-19 is catching up now that news outlets report the coronavirus—also known as SARS-CoV-2—kills someone in the United States every forty seconds. People with preexisting heart disease who develop COVID-19 are more likely to have severe symptoms and more likely to die. And because the coronavirus can damage the heart, people with COVID-19 who don’t have preexisting heart disease can develop cardiovascular problems as a result of the infection.