The objective of this prospective survey series was to evaluate knowledge and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic among individuals with one or more chronic conditions, including cardiometabolic, autoimmune, respiratory and cancer diagnoses. Two surveys were distributed consisting of up to 55 items (March; n=1069) and up to 71 items (April, n=1126), with 24 items repeated from the first survey. Questions focused on healthcare access, barriers and concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. Descriptive analysis evaluated central tendencies, spread, and frequencies of the demographic data, disease states, and survey results within and between the two survey timepoints. Results from 416 individuals (38.9%) on survey 1 and 425 (37.7%) on survey 2 were analyzed. Participants were predominantly female (85%) and white (67%) with 7% residing in rural areas and 69% employed. Respondents reported an average of 2 chronic conditions and 62% would be classified as “at risk” for COVID-19 complications by the CDC. Only 20% reported a conversation about COVID-19 with a healthcare provider, 9% reported anxiety, 35% indicated loneliness. Level of concern about COVID-19 contracting the disease, cost of treatment/complications, medical access, and process of being treated was associated with increased anxiety (p<0.001) and wearing a facemask (p=0.01). Analysis suggests that analyzing concern and its association with health behaviors and anxiety should be a priority for innovative solutions. Insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting individuals with chronic conditions are imperative to inform tailored interventions to support individuals at higher risk of serious complications and death.

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