Asthma is one of the underlying conditions that COVID-19 feeds off. Old age and other chronic lung diseases are proven to make the body more vulnerable when infected with the coronavirus. Moreover, patients who get hospitalized, put in an ICU, placed beside a ventilator for assisted breathing, or had passed away have or had underlying conditions amplified by COVID-19. Having asthma, however, does not put people into higher risk of contracting the virus, but it will make them severely ill once they get infected.
Once COVID-19 penetrates the respiratory system, asthma can lead to pneumonia and far worse lung diseases that may yield unfortunate results. Asthmatic people must always keep their masks up and err on the side of caution everytime they go out and meet other people. Here are tips on how to stay safe during the pandemic when you have asthma.
Mask up The only thing that masks do is to protect anyone, including asthmatic people, from potentially inhaling the virus and not make their asthma worse, which is a false claim circulating online. Wearing masks is not just for people with asthma but for those who have families with underlying conditions. Wearing your mask does not only protect you, but other people too.
Be extra cautious Take safety protocols seriously: avoid crowds and nonessential contact and travel, wash hands regularly, and clean surfaces properly.
Nebulize alone A nebulizer is a machine that helps asthmatic people maintain their respiratory health. But there is a catch: they should nebulize alone in the room to be on the safe side. Viruses and other microbes can be spread into the air by nebulizers since these machines aerosolize droplets from the airways. The patient must be alone in the room during the entire treatment.
Get vaccinated People with underlying medical conditions such as asthma are eligible to get the jab as long as they are not allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients. Research also shows that people with asthma who are taking corticosteroids are safe too.
The famous proverb, “prevention is better than cure,” has become more relevant and important than ever especially during these difficult times. Adam and Eve Specialized Medical Centre celebrates World Asthma Day by shedding light on the chronic respiratory disease and the steps on how to take care of it during the COVID-19 pandemic.