Things to Know About Asthma Sufferers VS. COVID-19

If you are one of those people who suffer from asthma, it would be best to be extremely cautious to not expose yourself to coronavirus. Though perhaps you do not have a greater risk of getting the virus, you can become very at risk of becoming extremely sick due to this virus. Since coronavirus can impact your lungs, throat, and nose, the virus can be the reason for you getting asthma attacks. Moreover, it can potentially result in extreme conditions, like acute respiratory disease and pneumonia. To prevent such issues—or when you think that you are already subjected to coronavirus—here are the facts you should be aware of: 

Adhere to your asthma action plan 

Do not forget to follow what your doctor directed you about your asthma medication. Moreover, make sure to consult with your healthcare provider if you want to extend your prescription to have several supplies of medication for a month. This enables you to prevent doing additional trips to your local pharmacy, hence, less contact with anyone outside and fewer chances of getting coronavirus. Also, when you become sick, you will have sufficient medication that can last as you stay and rest at your house.  

As the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a lack of albuterol inhalers supply, the FDA has approved a generic version of this in April 2020. Thanks to this, you can now easily get inhalers whenever you need them. If you’ve got any further inquiries, make sure to always ask your provider.  

Watch out for potential symptoms of COVID-19 

Just like those people who don’t have asthma, you must watch for similar symptoms of coronavirus. Here are some of the most prevalent symptoms as of today: 

  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of smell or taste 
  • Body aches or muscle pains  
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Cough 
  • Fever or chills 

If you think you’ve acquired any of the symptoms stated above, contact your primary care physician immediately. They will normally recommend you to stay at home and prevent posing others in danger. With the help of your trusted doctor, they can monitor your symptoms by keeping them updated. However, when your symptom gets worse, hey may request you to visit the emergency room or come into their office.   

Take precautions 

To prevent yourself from being exposed to the coronavirus, all you need to do is to follow the similar safety precautions given by CDC, which they highly suggest that everyone should do. These include making sure that your hands are kept away from your face and to wash your hands more frequently. Moreover, wearing a face mask in public is mandated wherever you go. Don’t worry, because wearing a face mask is safe for people suffering from asthma.  

Practicing social distancing is also encouraged since we need to be very careful about being around people. Hence, we must stay at least 6 ft. far from other people who aren’t in your immediate household. Moreover, it’s a must to do thorough cleaning sanitizing in your house to make sure that your virus and germ-free.