COVID-19 and Asthma

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According to the World Health Organization and CDC, people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma are considered high-risk and should take precautions when any type of respiratory illness is spreading in their community. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, but at this time, little is known about how the coronavirus affects people with asthma. One study of 140 cases showed no link to asthma.
 
So prevention is the word for people with asthma.
 
The steps people with asthma should take include:

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 to 30 seconds, always after coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have access to running water, use an alcohol-based hand cleanser that is at least 60% alcohol.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Participate in social-distancing, staying away from crowds and especially people who are sick.
Take your daily asthma medicines to keep your asthma under control.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has an excellent website with emerging information on COVID-19 and asthma.  Below are some questions and answers from that site. You can visit the webpage here.
 
Are people with asthma at higher risk of contracting COVID-19?
 
Not that we are aware of – although data is still developing.
 
Are people with asthma at higher risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19?
 
So far, there has been little information on people with asthma with COVID-19. There has been at least one publication suggesting no effect of COVID-19 on asthma. But, it is important to note that there are several other coronaviruses that normally circulate and cause cold/flu like symptoms. These viruses have been shown to cause asthma episodes or attacks. So, whether COVID-19 can cause asthma episodes or attacks remains to be seen.
 
Should people with asthma wear a disposable mask when in public areas?
 
Not really. The more important things to do are:

Wash your hands with soap and water often
Avoid people who are coughing/sneezing and have cold like symptoms
Make sure you take your medicine and get your asthma under best control
Get the seasonal influenza vaccine, if you have not

For more questions and answers, click here.


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