Coronavirus and Asthma

Coronavirus and Asthma

For those individuals with asthma, the coronavirus disease can be particularly troubling. Asthma sufferers need to know that they are not at a higher risk for contracting coronavirus. On the other hand, they need to still be diligent in protecting themselves from the virus. The symptoms of coronavirus can be more severe and might lead to poor outcomes for people with asthma. They also need to remain taking their medications for their asthma to avoid exacerbations.

WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a chronic disease that involves the airways in the lungs. These airways allow air to come in and out of the lungs. If you have this condition, your airways are continuously inflamed and being even more swollen. Also, when something triggers your symptoms the muscles around the airways could tighten up. For several asthma sufferers, the timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity. People with a family history of asthma are more prone to developing asthma. 

Persons with moderate to severe asthma might be at higher risk of getting very ill from the coronavirus disease. Coronavirus can affect your lungs, throat, and nose, can cause an asthma attack, and possibly can lead to acute respiratory disease and pneumonia. There is no preventing vaccine for coronavirus disease yet. The best way to prevent this disease is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes the disease.  

WEAR YOUR MASK 

Wearing a mask is safe for those with asthma as it may not worsen their condition. Recommendations for wearing a mask remain in progress. Even though you are wearing one, it may not keep asthmatics from being infected but it is vital that all individuals leaving their homes with masks. It will protect them and others especially those with asthma. It is more important to wear a mask if you:

  • Have a household member who is sick
  • Have been exposed to someone who might be infected with coronavirus
  • Are coughing or might have a new respiratory symptoms
  • A healthcare worker 

EXTRA PRECAUTIONS 

  • Avoid crowds and people who are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently 
  • Clean surfaces often and use caution before and after contact 

THE USE OF NEBULIZER 

The use of nebulizer for the treatment of asthma is very valuable. However, during this pandemic, its use comes with a variety of issues. Nebulizer releases droplets from the airways that are then spread into the air. It lets the viruses or other microbes be transmitted by the nebulizer. According to a doctor, the risk of the spread of infection by droplets is increased. It’s specifically during treatment using nebulizers because it sends droplets further that they would usually go through breathing. When an individual with asthma uses a nebulizer, no one else must be in the room for a few hours or during they’re having treatment. If others must be in the room, they must wear a mask or other protective gear. You need to clean the nebulizer before and after each use. The nebulizer can collect microbes if the device isn’t properly cleaned.