COVID-19 has put the world under a siege, threatening our lives and those around us. By now, everybody knows how to protect themselves against the new virus with gloves, masks, and glasses. Yet, the best method to ensure safety is self-isolation.
Little is known about the new type of SARS that causes respiratory illness. However, research shows that some demographic categories are more exposed to risk, especially people who suffer from asthma and other pulmonary diseases.
So, what should asthma sufferers know about coronavirus?
Whenever contagious pulmonary illness outbreak inside their communities, people with asthma should take extra precautions to stay healthy. As recommended by the US-based organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those that have been diagnosed with asthma, should:
#1. Avoid social interactions as much as possible. COVID-19 spreads from human to human, through small particles produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. But you can always catch up with your friends online without risking your life. Stay indoors as much as possible. Stay safe!
#2. Keep at least two meters away from other people when you go outside. Social distancing should be your top concern when leaving your house. Even though it's very important to do so, sadly it is not enough to shield yourself against the virus.
#3. Disinfect the surfaces that you touch frequently (countertops, keys, doorknobs, phone, etc.) Keep your house and car clean by sanitizing them with the proper products that can kill germs and bacteria.
#4. Shop for supplies that will get you through at least two weeks so you can avoid unnecessary trips to the store. You can also opt for delivery services if that's more convenient for you.
Furthermore, Asthma UK advises:
"Discussing arrangements to work from home with your employer. At the moment, this is not the guidance for people with lung conditions, but it is wise to prepare for what may happen next."
Symptoms To Watch Out For
If your symptoms worsen during these difficult times, and your reliever inhaler doesn't do much for you anymore, call the ER immediately and explain your situation. Don't postpone making the call because any minute could endanger your life.
In case you can't tell the asthma symptoms apart from those of coronavirus, follow Dr. Lakiea Wright's advice. He is specialized in allergies and immunology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and he recommends:
"To look for things that would be more distinguishing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever and body aches. Allergies or asthma alone would not cause those symptoms."
Try to respect the recommendations provided by the world's health organizations and read news only from reputable sources. Stay positive and safe.