Asthma is a respiratory illness that makes it difficult for people to breathe regularly without the support of a physician’s guidance and medication. During the Covid-19 pandemic, asthmatics – and those with respiratory conditions – may be at a greater risk for suffering severe complications as a result of contracting the coronavirus. If you’re asthmatic, then there are some steps that you can take to better manage your lung health and avoid contracting Covid-19.
Understand Your Increased Level of Risk
It’s important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that patients with moderate-to-severe asthma could be at a greater risk of experiencing serious symptoms upon contracting Covid-19. However, there is no published evidence of increased risk of infection or data that suggests asthmatics that contract Covid-19 will experience more severe symptoms. However, we are dealing with an evolving pandemic that we’re still learning about, and those with respiratory illnesses should not risk exacerbating their condition by catching a deadly virus that affects the lungs.
Know Your Asthma Triggers and Avoid Them
Dust, pollen, pet dander, mold and hay are just a few of the many triggers that exacerbate asthma symptoms and can trigger an asthma attack. Most asthmatics are well-attuned to the triggers that can cause an attack. If you’re an asthmatic, then speak with your physician about learning more about your specific triggers to better understand how you can avoid them and prevent a flare-up that may make you vulnerable to Covid-19.
Take a Conservative Approach to Quarantine
Texas is just one of many states slowly re-opening and allowing the public to move more freely. As quarantine protocols relax, business capacities are increasing, more leisure activities are becoming available, and people are collecting in larger groups. However, Covid-19 is still very real and we have yet to create a vaccine to flatten the curve of infection rates. For asthmatics, it’s still best to take a conservative approach to re-entering public life. You should do your best to limit the number of trips you take outside of your home that involve direct interaction with others and leave your home only when necessary.
Take It Outside
If you have to go to an office to work, or you must gather with others, then do your best to do so outside or in an area that is highly ventilated. Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that primarily spreads through the air via small particles. You can greatly reduce this risk by meeting with other people outside and wearing a mask. If you must work inside, then wear a mask at all times and maintain a healthy social distance of at least 6-feet from others.
Stick to Your Preventative Plan
If you’re an asthmatic, then you’re no stranger to a stringent regiment of preventative medications. Preventatives help your lungs operate more normally without the need to constantly have your rescue inhaler on hand. The coronavirus is a respiratory illness, which means that it primarily affects your lungs. In addition to adopting conservative quarantine protocols, maintaining a healthy preventative regiment ensures that your lungs are healthier and more prepared to handle a respiratory illness.
Keep Your Asthma Medications Stocked
You can’t maintain a healthy preventative regiment if you don’t have a consistent supply of medications. You can do that by maintaining your regular doctor appointments to ensure that you have enough prescription refills for at least 6-months.
Speak with Your Physician
Schedule a checkup with your physician to talk about Covid-19 and how it has affected you. A checkup is a perfect opportunity to discuss any additional risks you may face due to asthma, or any other underlying health issues. It’s also a great time to check in on your asthma management routine to see if there’s any way that you can treat your asthma more effectively. By taking control of your asthma, you can improve your lung health and help reduce your chances of having severe complications arise from contracting Covid-19.