The recent pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 is creating concern and uncertainty for many people, especially those who suffer from asthma. The elderly, anyone with severe asthma, immunodeficiency or other chronic conditions where the immune system may be compromised, are the most susceptible to viral infections in general and must take precautions against COVID-19.
I have advised all our patients, especially those with asthma, to remain consistent with their medications and treatments. It’s important that your asthma be well controlled, especially now. None of the asthma medications, including inhaled corticosteroids or biologics, have been shown to increase the risk of getting COVID-19.
If you become infected with COVID-19, there is no information that being on any of the asthma medications will make it worse. So please stay on all your medications.
Be sure you are cleaning and using your nebulizer properly.
The most important thing is for your asthma to remain well controlled so you can stay healthy.
These recommendations must be followed:
- 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 soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then discard tissue in the trash.
- Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY AT HOME!
Contact us immediately if you find you’re having trouble breathing or your asthma symptoms are becoming more severe.