What is coronavirus?
Read what coronavirus is, what the symptoms are and how to protect yourself and others.
Find out about how coronavirus might affect you if you have high cholesterol or a related condition such as heart disease.
Having a high cholesterol level does not mean you're more likely to catch COVID-19 or have severe disease if you do, but do check our information on who is at risk below.
Just as catching seasonal flu can impact conditions such as coronary heart disease, COVID-19 is likely to have a similar effect. Any virus that enters the body can put excess stress on your body's systems and organs, and this can cause existing conditions to worsen. This is why taking steps to protect yourself from catching the virus is so important, even if you feel fit and well.
Most GP services, some hospitals and clinics, and some specialist FH services may still be affected by the pandemic, so there could be delays and cancellations of routine appointments. Where possible, seek information and support online from reputable websites about your health conditions, such as the NHS and health charities.
The government continue to update their guidance as the pandemic progresses and since the roll out of the vaccination programme. You can find current information on who is at higher risk from the NHS.
People at higher risk from COVID-19 are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else.
If you have one or more of the following risk factors or conditions which affect the heart and blood vessels, you are at higher risk of severe illness if you contract the virus:
If you have one or more of these conditions you should follow the government’s guidance closely.
A number of other charities have produced specific advice about coronavirus.