Viral respiratory infections, more so those that trigger the common cold, usually generate flare-ups of asthma. They are the reason behind asthma episodes during autumn and winter. However, researchers do not know yet if people suffering from asthma are more prone to serious effects if they happen to get COVID-19. There are, in exchange, a large number of things asthmatics can do in order to minimize the outcome of any viral infection.
Good Asthma Control
Asthma is marked by inflammation in the lining of the lung’s air canals. For most asthmatic adults and some asthmatic children, the illness is long-term. This inflammation lingers with time, can also trigger acute attacks, and adds to daily symptoms for some people.
If this airway inflammation is not treated, it can end up in slow tapering of the air pathways, and normal lung function may no longer exist. Having ‘good asthma control’ is the starting point in reducing the risk. This includes having almost no daily symptoms, no night-time waking, no attacks, and a good lung function.
Good asthma control can be attained with proper breathing exercises and also regular medication. Good preventer use may end up in almost no symptoms, and you might not even need to take reliever medications for months.
People who intake regular asthma preventer medications should keep taking them during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to minimize their chances to contract the virus.
Stay Healthy, Lower the Risk
In order to minimize the risk of an infection with any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, it is recommended that you take the preventer medication daily or as prescribed by the physician, and ensure you always know where your inhaler is and that it is still unexpired. Also, check-in with your doctor in order to control your asthma, and make sure you have an up-to-date written asthma action plan and keep it at hand.
Written action plans mean that you can boost your treatment if the symptoms worsen. They usually offer guidance on when to start extra treatments or when to contact a doctor. Your physician can help you identify early symptoms of an asthma attack or flare-up, came up with a new plan, and share the best way to manage the attacks, so you know that to do if something like this happens.
Good asthma control is able to maximize your chances to a minimal impact even if it happens to get coronavirus. It doesn’t, though, remove the risk of a severe episode entirely. Patients, families, as well as carers, can get informed on many other things at Asthma Australia, and health professionals can get data from the National Asthma Council.
If your regular asthma medications are not working for you, you should seek medical advice immediately. In the meantime, it is best to keep doing everything you can in order to reduce your risk of getting the new coronavirus in the first place.