Chest Diseases
Asthma and COVID-19


People with moderate to severe asthma are among the groups at high risk of developing severe complications after contracting COVID-19. There are tips and guidelines for asthma patients during the virus outbreak:
  • Continue taking your medications and do not change your asthma treatment plan without talking to your doctor.
  • Make sure that you have a supply of medicines that could last you at least 2 weeks or 1 month to reduce the number of times you need to go to the pharmacy.
  • Do not hesitate to go to the ER if your asthma requires emergency care. 
  • Keep your asthma under control by following your asthma action plan.
  • Continue current medications, including any inhalers with steroids in them (“steroids” is another word for corticosteroids). Know how to use your inhaler.
  • Avoid your asthma triggers (such as: cigarette smoke, dust, outdoor air pollution, insects, pets, influenza, common cold, sinusitis, and some chemicals).
  • Ask a family member without asthma to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects for you.
Follow the recommendations below while using disinfectants and cleaners:
  • Make sure individuals with asthma are outside the room being disinfected. 
  • Limit the use of disinfectants that are more likely to cause an asthma attack.
  • Open windows or doors and use fans to ventilate the room. 
  • Spray or pour cleaning products on a clean cloth or paper towel instead of directly spraying it onto the surface to be cleaned. 
COVID-19 can affect the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs) and cause an asthma attack. It may also lead to pneumonia and serious complications. Therefore, it is crucial that you take preventive measures to reduce your risk of contracting the disease. These measures include:
  • Staying at home as much as possible;
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • Leaving a safe distance of at least 2 meters between yourself and others; 
  • Staying away from people with cough, cold, or flu;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces;
  • Avoiding unnecessary traveling;
  • Avoiding crowds;
  • Avoiding sharing personal household items (such as: cups and towels);
  • Continuing to take your medications and avoiding making changes to your asthma treatment plan without talking to your doctor;
  • It is natural for some people to feel concerned or stressed. Strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack. This is why it is necessary to take the steps required to cope with tension and worry. 

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Last Update : 02 November 2020 03:04 AM
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