New studies are showing that despite concerns people taking ACE inhibitors for blood pressure are no more likely to contract coronavirus or suffer from serious effects of the disease. There were thoughts that, because of the similar molecular mechanisms between the drug and the virus, taking the drug might pose a risk. Instead, the drugs pose no harm with regard to the coronavirus to people taking them, and might even surprisingly offer some sort of protection if you have the virus.
- New findings show that taking medication for blood pressure doesn't increase your risk of catching the coronavirus.
- Many people were initially worried about the risk because of similarities in the molecular mechanisms between the drugs and the virus.
- Interestingly, people who take blood pressure medication may actually survive at higher rates.
“Those medications may increase the ACE2 enzyme, which sits on the surface of many different kinds of cells throughout the body.”