Yes. Those with compromised immune systems, underlying respiratory conditions and heart conditions are at higher risk from complications from COVID-19. If asthma is not well controlled, that is an additional risk. Asthma needs to be as well-controlled as possible.
Thus, it is important to know the symptoms – fever of 100.4 or higher, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are over 65 or you have a known underlying medical condition such as a compromised immune system, heart or lung condition, or you have had recent travel, you should contact your healthcare provider.
It is known to cause cough, but there are not specific details on bronchospasm.
Anyone with underlying respiratory issues is more at risk. However, those with severe asthma already have their routine daily activities more impacted by asthma, so reach out to your doctor if you have to use your albuterol inhaler more frequently or you’re sleeping poorly to discuss getting better control of asthma.
No. Spending time outside and getting vitamin D is good practice as long as people continue to practice social distancing.
Yes, anyone with an underlying respiratory condition should be concerned. Fortunately, children seem to respond better and recover faster. Be prepared to contact the provider if the child develops a fever and a cough.
Approach all breathing difficulties the same way for COVID-19, asthma, and allergies. If there is difficulty breathing, an inability to catch your breath, severe symptoms, dizziness or lightheadedness, seek medical care immediately.
Don’t change your asthma treatment plan without a conversation with your doctor. Any concern over treatment should be discussed with your doctor.
If you are not experiencing asthma symptoms, there is no need to restart asthma medications. If you are experiencing symptoms again, reach out to your doctor.
If your asthma remains well controlled and you don’t need albuterol more frequently, you’re sleeping well and not missing work or school, you should not need to update your Asthma Action Plan.
Use strategies for stress management – sleep, good nutrition, medication, praying, avoid television. Try to find practical solutions to problems.
Should a person with asthma be concerned over potential shortages of quick-relief or controller medications?
At this time, there are no known shortages, but patients with asthma are encouraged to have a 1-month to 90-day supply on hand.
This is unknown. In most cases, patients recover fully.