People with asthma are thought to be at greater risk of being more severely affected by the coronavirus.
And to help people with breathing problems, the NHS has now released its first official guidelines on what asthma sufferers should do during the pandemic.
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It comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) also listed asthma, along with diabetes and heart disease, as a condition that makes someone “more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus.”
In particular, the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Care (NICE), the body that sets the NHS guidelines, urges asthmatics to continue taking their treatment as prescribed.
People with this condition should take their preventive inhaler daily as prescribed and keep their emergency inhaler with them at all times so that they can use it if their symptoms get worse.
NICE also says that people with asthma should regularly clean equipment such as face masks and mouthpieces, and that they should not share their inhalers and devices with anyone else.
The guidelines state that asthmatics should only attend essential appointments alone, if possible, to minimize the risk of infection.
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Asthma UK points out to people with the disease that the disease does not make you more likely to get the coronavirus, but unfortunately if people with long-term lung conditions like asthma get the coronavirus, it can be more serious.
Jessica Kirby, head of health counseling at Asthma UK, said: “People with lung disease are more likely to have complications and need hospital treatment.
“Any respiratory infection can cause problems for people with asthma, and so far the evidence shows that the coronavirus is no different. “
Asthma UK has told people with the disease that in the middle of the coronavirus, they should:
- Avoid unnecessary interactions with other people, including shaking hands or hugging them, and unnecessary travel, especially on public transportation
- If possible, work from home
- Self-isolation is not necessary, but keep in touch with others to a minimum
The NHS says you need to isolate yourself if you have symptoms of coronavirus or if you live with someone who does or is in the “high risk” category.
The head of health advice at Asthma UK added: “The best thing you can do to reduce the risk of an asthma attack being triggered by a virus is to make sure your asthma is managed as well as possible.
“It means taking your preventative inhaler every day as prescribed and keeping your emergency inhaler with you at all times so you can use it if your symptoms get worse.
“If your asthma symptoms get worse and you have not traveled to a risk area or been in contact with someone who has already done so, make an appointment to see your general practitioner as soon as possible . If you think you may have a coronavirus, use the NHS 111. Coronavirus online service. ”
Kirby also said that anyone with an asthma attack should follow the steps in their asthma action plan and call 999 for an ambulance if necessary.
She added, “The best thing people with asthma can do to reduce the risk of getting coronavirus is to follow the NHS guidelines, which are updated regularly. “
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Since there is no proven scientific link between asthma and the coronavirus, these measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of people with asthma and to prevent the likelihood of contracting the disease.
The best thing for people with asthma is to keep your pump close by, avoid unnecessary human contact, and start a peak flow log.
Also, if you smoke, it will be a good time to quit, as smoking will increase the risk of Covid-19.