According to "10 doctors", it still counts.
But what exactly is considered an underlying health issue or condition in the context of the disease?
WFAA reached out to 10 doctors to find out, and they all responded the same way.
The term can be split into two categories.
The first is chronic conditions-- these are long-term medical diseases or illnesses like asthma, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, high blood pressure (even if it is controlled with medication), heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, COPD and cancer. These kinds of conditions also tend to be incurable.
Well, thanks for that! I'm not surprised, though. Even when hypertension is brought under control, it often does some irreversible damage before it is diagnosed. Also, whatever physical or physiological conditions underlie the hypertension may persist despite the treatment. And there is even a suspicion that some common types of medication make the lungs more vulnerable to COVID-19.