How should people with asthma protect themselves from COVID-19

Asthma is a chronic lung condition in which a person airway become inflamed, that can cause breathing difficulties. It may starts in childhood, but you can also see it in adults, and may affect all ages.  

The corona virus (COVID-19) is scary for everyone, but for those who are having asthma there is more fear that they might have a worse after-effect. It’s important to know that there is no proof of increased infection for asthmatics. People with asthma need to continue taking their prescribed medications to prevent worse conditions. Taking medication is not the only way to control asthma, by now you might  know that you are allergic to something’s so try to put them away to avoid asthma triggers.

Prevention is better than cure:

  1. People with asthma will use inhalers to keep their asthma under control. In this current pandemic situation, the best thing a person with asthma can do is to keep their asthma under control. 
  2. Never share inhalers with others. Wash the inhalation devices regularly and keep them hygienic and clean.
  3. If the asthma is under control avoid visiting a clinic/ a hospital. You can contact your doctor through the phone and update him about your progress. If it is absolutely necessary for you to visit the doctor, then please take an appointment and visit him. You should avoid making any unscheduled visits to the clinic.
  4. Don’t stop using medications. It is better to handle beforehand than to take serious medications later. Do not change medications on your own without consulting your healthcare provider even if it is a good suggestion. It’s better consulting your doctor and ask for his advice.
  5.  Make sure that you have the next 30 days of nonprescription medications and supplies on hand too in case you need to stay home for a long time.
  6. When you go out, keep away from others who are sick. Maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance, if it is not possible better do not shake hands and avoid going to crowded places.
  7. Wash your hands often for at least 20 to 30 seconds. That includes your knuckles, thumbs, fingernails, and wrists. It is recommended that if you don’t have soap and water, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  8. After washing hands dry them completely and always wash your hands before you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  9. Wear a cloth mask when you are out in public.

Kids With Asthma

Children who have asthma may be more likely to have more severe symptoms of any respiratory infection, including COVID-19. Keep your child at home, and limit their contact with other people. Remind them to wash their hands often. Help them keep toys and electronics clean. Keep an eye on your child’s symptoms, and call their doctor if you have concerns.

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