Other DiseasesBy Onlymyhealth editorial teamJun 30, 2020

The recent pandemic outbreak is creating concern and uncertainty for many people, especially those who have asthma. The elderly and anyone with severe asthma immune deficiency or other chronic conditions, where the immune system may be compromised, are the most prone to viral infections. They, in particular, must take precautions to safe during this pandemic, especially those on regular medications. Asthma must be in control. Also, none of the asthma medications, by logics, has been shown the risk of getting COVID-19. Also, those who have asthma test positive for coronavirus need not stop their medication. The only advice that should be followed is of an expert/doctor.  Hence, as told by the CDC, one should continue taking their medications, consult a specialist time to time, and if you have any questions in regards to breathing, only consult an expert. Today 80 per cent of the cases of COVID-19 are mild. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. This video gives out information on essential tips needed to be taken by asthma patients. The most important thing is for asthma to remain well controlled. Some recommendations from the CDC as told in the video:

  • Avoid close contact (less than 6 feet) with people who are sick 
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth 
  • Wash your hands often with a soap water for at least 20 seconds 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol if soap and water are not available 
  • Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard tissue in the trash 
  • Clean frequently-touched objects and surfaces 
  • If you are sick, stay at home!

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