ASTHMA AND COVID-19 : IS THERE ANY RELATION?
19 July 2020
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has caused a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness, which appeared in Wuhan , a city in China, in December 2019,The virus that causes COVID-19 can lead to severe lung inflammation and other viruses can set off dangerous asthma attack. But people with asthma have greater fear that they will have worser condition and more likely to get COVID-19. For people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, their COVID-19 outbreak is understandably more , As we all know that COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can trigger asthma symptoms like wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty in breathing which will be very distressing for patients.
Many Health care organizations have cautioned that asthmatics are more likely at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. Here COVID-19 are particularly troubling for those who having with respiratory conditions such as Asthma. It is important to asthma patients to know about they are not at higher risk for contacting COVID-19, and currently there is no evidence of increased infection rate in asthma cases. Although the centers for disease control and prevention states that patients with moderate to severe asthma could have higher risk of developing more severe disease but still there is no published data to support them. There are some early reports that steroids were contraindicated in patients with COVID-19, although there are also some indications that steroids are useful in severe COVID-19 .
According to current evidence on COVID-19 and asthma it does not suggest the people with asthma are more likely to get COVID-19 , But hospital data shows that respiratory patients are more likely to get severe complications due to COVID-19.
So best action for people with asthma need to protect themselves from virus through measures such as Wash hands regularly with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, Quit smoking ,stay away from those who are sick and also people with asthma are on controller medications to control their asthma so continue taking your controller medications and do not stop them. Inform to your healthcare provider if any symptoms develops and of course maintain social distance, minimizing face to face contact and Avoid spirometry in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.