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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Kathy P ·
Welcome CoachBW - we are working on getting the blog updated and have asked our medical advisors specific questions. Your plan follows many of the CDC recommendations for how to prepare your household for a possible COVID-19 outbreak . One reminder about masks is that they are most effective when worn by someone who is sick to prevent the spread of the virus through cough droplets. In general, masks don't provide much protection to someone who is not sick. You'd have to be directly...
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MikeD ·
I absolutely agree with you CoachBW. I've been all around the internet looking for solid advise. I thought this would be one place where i could get some specific advice. Hoping better answers come sooner than later.
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Candace ·
The title of your article is misleading; there is no information in your article specific to people suffering from asthma. Contracting coronavirus and having asthma as an underlying condition has been highly publicized as leading to critical health issues or fatalities. Your article offers nothing specific to asthma. You should consider changing the article title to: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know, since the content is general information for the public, until you actually have content...
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Aetzel Griffioen ·
Thank you for updating your article with specific advice regarding yesterday's comments placed below.
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Lorene ·
You are welcome, Aetzel. Thank you for your patience while we continue to update the article as more information is made available. Lorene
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I Am Curious ·
Thank you for the updates! Super helpful! I just wanted to point out that the one study that found no to link to increased risk of complications in persons with asthma also didn't study anyone with asthma. Ie none of the 140 had (or knew they had) asthma. I think that's an important detail. The wording of the study itself, concerning asthma and allergic diseases, is misleading until you read the whole thing. Two patients had COPD and they both had grim outcomes. Take what you want from that,...
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MikeD ·
Absolutely agree with you on this. That study is not particularly helpful and I’m unclear ho they came to the conclusion they did without the direct study of asthmatics. It’s hard not to panic.
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Shea ·
I just think that N95 masks can be helpful. They found the size of the corona virus and those masks block that size particle and yes it needs a tight seal but that is perfectly possible to teach people what that is. It can help. And high-risk population should know this and have time to irder and waut fir one before it gets widespread. And its possible to make enough for everyone including healthcare workers. And it doesnt need to be mandated fir everyobe, it usnt 100 percent, but it can...
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Julio Feria ·
i suffer from seasonal allergies & it’s been bad especially in NYC ... my doctor 🥼 gave me a cortisone shot on the buttocks to i believe reduce my allergies symptoms & told me i won’t have to do it again till next month... my question is , if the cortisone shot weakens the immune system was it a smart decision to trust my doctor while the corona virus is out & around my state & actually my county ... i can’t imagine why he wouldn’t take that into consideration & discuss...
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AG ·
I have asthma but it is well controlled with medication. My 4 year old son also has mild asthma that is typically aggravated by colds. He is too young for control medications at least based on his pattern of symptoms. He uses a nebulizer when he is sick. We are traveling in a few weeks and I am very concerned about him. I am trying not to be paranoid but, it is hard when so little is known. He is 4 so handwashing is a constant battle. I feel like I should put a mask on him at least on the...
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I Am Curious ·
Usually one shot doesn't do enough to weaken your immune system. The dosage is too small and it's only a one time thing. If you were to get shots frequently and on a regular basis, it would have more of an effect on the strength of your immune system and your doctor would be required to let you know. But in an otherwise healthy individual with only one shot, you should be in the clear. This is just what my doctor told me. I'm no doctor. If you to be super thorough, call your doctors office...
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Lorene ·
Hi @AG - I don't blame you for being concerned for your little one. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus. In fact, most confirmed cases reported from China have been in adults. The CDC says "Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on...
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Lorene ·
Hi @Candace - we appreciate your feedback. Have you checked out the latest update? There is a Q&A with Mitchell Grayson, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI, allergist/immunologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and chair of AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council . He specifically addresses asthma and COVID-19. Lorene
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Lorene ·
Hi @Shea N95 masks may provide a layer of protection, but they may be hard to breathe through when you have asthma or an infection. They can also be hot, and often masks lead to people touching their face more in an effort to make the mask most comfortable. Wearing a mask can't hurt, but hand washing and sanitizing are going to be our best bet for protection. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Lorene
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JonS ·
Can I suggest that you refer to the actual text of the Chinese report at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.co...ll/10.1111/all.14238 rather than the summary linked on this page. It provides much more detail and explanation of their findings in the Chinese study. It shows that the prevalence of asthma, COPD and allergy in the study was, surprisingly, lower than in the general population. Good luck to all.
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Argos1w ·
Hi - my asthma comes about mostly when I get a cold and at times (3-4 times in last few years) it has developed into bronchitis and walking pneumonia. Also I have animals which I am allergic to and of course I have that has developed into asthma and shortness of breathe. I use an Inhaler prior to working out as a precautionary measure bc at times I develop shortness of breathe. I also have a disc. After reading your article it appears that people w asthma that’s controlled are no more at...
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Kathy P ·
@Argos1w - Because this is a new virus, researchers are still collecting data about the risk for people with asthma. Keeping your asthma under control reduces the risk of complications from any type of respiratory illness.
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WillFinnerty ·
Can coronavirus mask itself in positive tests for FluA or FluB? If a person were to test positive for either of those influenza viruses are they clear of corona?
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Hollynicohle ·
Could this be because the prevalence of asthma in China is lower? Or at least it’s left undiagnosed more often, and that would skew the results of a study.
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Ronl ·
How old is your child? Both of my children displayed symptoms of asthma around age 2. They were both put on preventative medication. This was not easy to accomplish as the newer standards require them to be older then 4. If they are around that age group I would suggest getting very involved with their pediatrician. Simple cases of bronchiolitis had my children staying in children’s hospital for days. (Each visit was to the tune of 24k, for them to supply oxygen) This was extremely...
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AG ·
He is 4.5. He has had bronchiolitis multiple times. He has never been hospitalized but each bout seems to get a little worse. It also seems to take him longer to recover. Often when I’ve taken him in to the doctor, although he has a lot of mucus, there’s no wheezing. I was rushed to the hospital multiple times as a child with blue lips. This is one of my biggest fears with him. Thankfully we have never experienced this. I’ve been on prednisone many times in the past with respiratory...
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MikeD ·
I am struck by how “experts” keep reassuring the general public that there is no alarm if you’re healthy and then in passing mention the elderly and those with underlying issues are at higher risk - like we don’t need reassurance. Very little time is spent on these groups when talking about Coronavirus. There are countless people that fall into these categories - lung disease, heart disease, cancers, etc. It is hard not to panic or have anxiety with the 24/7 coverage. So i wash my hands...
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Ronl ·
Yes they have said these people are at greater risk of complications. That really is just a foregone conclusion. What they are all, including all the coverage you see on tv is transmission. Just because you are of compromised health does not mean you are at greater risk of contracting the illness. The current focus is on preventing the spread of the virus. It’s important to weigh what you see in the coverage, very little study has been done on the severity due to the rapid spreading. The...
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MikeD ·
I’m not looking for percentages. I’m just expressing thoughts here. Nothing more....
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Ronl ·
The information on severity and who and how it affects is not in yet. Until they can say precisely I doubt they will.
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Ronl ·
It’s important to note this article is talking about transmission, not affect or severity.
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Ronl ·
I wouldn’t worry too much he may be at risk but if he has not been hospitalized for it before it may not make thing much worse then if he had no history. I would invest in a pulse oximeter though, they are surprisingly inexpensive. They can make sure he is getting enough oxygen and cut down on unnecessary visits to the doctor.
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Fraser ·
So I don’t use any asthma meds day to day as i haven’t needed them for years. Should I start using a preventer due to the covid-19 virus to protect myself or just keep a reliever just in case? I had asthma as a kid and was hospitalised, it went away a few years later. I had an asthma attack 25 odd years later after a bad chest infection caused by smoking, again after a few months I didn’t need any inhalers etc. So now I’m 8-10 years on from that attack thinking if I should start taking a...
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Lorene ·
Hi! It's great that your asthma is so well controlled that you don't need to take a daily controller/preventative medication. A preventer medicine will not keep you from getting COVID-19. I recommend you talk to your health care provider about your concerns. Let them know as soon as possible if you have any asthma or flu-like symptoms. It is important to identify and treat any virus as quickly as possible. Lorene
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Kathy P ·
The testing for COVID-19 is based on looking for specific gene sequences unique to that virus. Those are gene sequences that do not appear in other similar viruses. How do the new coronavirus tests work? Updated to add: you theoretically could have both viruses in which case you will test positive for flu A/B.
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Myoshi ·
Shea - I agree with you. I live in NYC and travel to work on the subway and wearing a n95 mask would greatly decrease my chances of contracting the virus where I am in close proximity to strangers. I do understand that the CDC and WHO are trying to quell the general population from buying/wearing masks when basic hygiene would be more helpful in the long term but they are not protecting those the with the 'underlying health conditions' that they continually mention. This is a situation where...
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Ellie89 ·
I too am desperately looking for hints on what to do in the Covid-19 situation as someone with Asthma. From what I understand, I am not more likely to contract the virus, but it is likely that it will affect me more strongly once I do. Given the fact that at this point, we're mostly talking about "when" we will all be infected, rather than "if" - shouldn't it be the logical next step to quarantine everyone who's part of the higher risk demographic? I have a job that I could potentially do...
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Kathy P ·
Hi Ellie and welcome! The situation is continuously evolving and not all areas are impacted the same right now. Social distancing, including working from home, are coming from local health departments. There are several topics on the forum discussing how to prepare - https://community.aafa.org/topic/566946312539943977
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Dr.Niecy08 ·
That article that supposedly shows that people with asthma are at low risk had NO people with asthma in it! They presume that since asthma rates in Wuhan are low, that people with asthma aren't at risk. How did that get past empirical review?
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Candace ·
My husband has adult-onset asthma and controls it with daily medication, however, I am still concerned what would happen to him if he contracted coronavirus, since I've seen him battle numerous sinus infections and suffer considerably. He is a college instructor and is exposed to many people on a daily basis. I do not have asthma, but also want to avoid becoming ill so I don't infect him, so we are both on a daily vitamin regimen of immune-boosting vitamins, including D3, C, fish oil, B2,...
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TNT ·
My husband is 50 yrs old and has asthma. It is well controlled with Advair and with a few flare ups from time to time that His rescue inhaler will take care of. He hasn’t required a breathing treatment in many yrs. We are scheduled to go on a cruise in May. I am concerned considering he has asthma and I know there is so much still to be learned about this virus. Neither of us have any other underlying health conditions and are healthy otherwise. He would still like to go but I am uncertain...
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Fraser ·
Many thanks for the reply appreciate it. I may of confused people but what I was really trying to say was “should I start using my preventer now to reduce the possibility of asthma symptoms being triggered by covid19”?
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Ellie89 ·
Hi Candace, thanks for your comprehensive reply. I think it's a smart move to boost your immune system with supplements, fruits and veggies. Since my husband also has a history of illness (though related to the pancreas), he spent a lot of time researching supplements and we are well-equipped I believe. Concerning the number of infections: I'm based in Germany and referring to the situation here. Indeed, chancellor Merkel herself admitted today that 60-70% of Germans will be infected: ...
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Lorene ·
Hi @Fraser - this is a really great question that many people have. All medicines have side effects, and taking additional medication when it is not needed is a decision to be made between you and your doctor. Additionally, being on a preventer medicine may not reduce asthma symptoms if you were to get an infection. My recommendation is to talk to your doctor about a plan to manage your asthma at the first sign of symptoms, and update your asthma action plan accordingly. Is that doable? ~ Lorene
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Lorene ·
Hi! thanks for sharing your tips on how your and husband stay healthy. Just a precaution, people should always check with their health care provider before starting any supplements or even vitamins to make sure they will not interfere with current medications. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are great strategies to staying healthy throughout the year. Again, talking to a health care provider to ensure diet and exercise are safe is recommended. Grape juice contains a lot of sugar, so...
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Mattasee ·
The Q&A states that data indicates no higher mortality risk for people that have asthma and contract COVID-19. worldometers web site provides statistics that suggest asthma suffers mortality rates as follows: Condition: Chronic respiratory disease Death Rate Confirmed Cases: 8.0% Death Rate All Cases: 6.3% There are two sources they use that provide age, sex, and morbidity statistics: The Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission published on Feb. 28 by WHO, [ 2 ] which is based on 55,924...
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Karleeta ·
I am new to this so I am not sure how to go about this. I am a worried mama right now. My son who is asthmatic just had to go to the ER due to breathing problems. The said it was just his asthma due to no fever. But with it coming to close to comfort near me I am worried and want to know the true symptoms. I hear so many different things that it has me so worried. My daughter is asthmatic too but so far no breathing problems right now. Please can someone give me some possible reassurance...
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Lorene ·
Hi @Karleeta we completely understand your concern and fear. Fever and a dry cough are symptoms of a virus. If your son is not running a fever it very well could just be an asthma flare. I hope he is feeling better? The best thing you can do is to make sure both your children take their asthma medications as directed. Do they have asthma action plans? Keep them at home as much as possible, wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes, wash hands often and keep them from touching their faces.
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Ender ·
This is going to be the "unpopular" opinion, but it is one more should consider. You will not eliminate disease with a paper mask. You cannot prevent a future asthma attack by stockpiling medication. The virus takes about two weeks to become apparent and it will definitely have killed you within the month if it is going to be your cause of death. Do what you've always done, but do it better. Be clean. Be aware of your condition. Be considerate of those around you. Most of all, be rational.
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Karleeta ·
Lorene, Thank you for responding back to me. He is feeling a little better. Thank you for asking. They do have Asthma Action Plans. They are with grandparents for a couple days while we make sure our home is disinfectant really good. They are already on top with the washing of the hands and using hand sanitizer. We have been stressing that with them. I know their school just postponed it for another week. I know they will be staying home and not go no where. That is another reason why they...
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Lorene ·
Hi there! I am so glad he is feeling a little better. It can take such a long time to recover from an asthma flare. Sending healing mojo your way! I have been carrying disinfectant wipes with me and literally have one in my hand all the time to open doors and hit elevator buttons. I'm also using my elbows and hips instead of my hands as much as possible. The virus can live on some surfaces for up to 3 days, so a good cleaning sounds like a good plan, and will probably give you some peace of...
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C. St.Ours ·
Hello, As someone who will be 60 yrs of age this year, has asthma and moderate obstructive disease, I am wondering if I should be staying home from work? I just returned to work after having Type A flu and pneumonia (yes, I did get my flu vaccine :-)). This was my second time having the flu this winter! I work in a pediatric practice; so children/families come in to be seen who are sick. The schools are all closed in my state, a national state of emergency has been declared in light of the...
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Kathy P ·
Welcome C St Ours - that's are complicated situation. It would be best to call or message your doctor to get their advice on ways you best protect yourself or if you should distance yourself from people who are potentially sick. Have you discussed options with your supervisor about possibly working in areas where you might have less exposure?
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Lara ·
It really bothers me that these tables always say there are no aches and pains for allergy sufferers. There are for some of us!
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I Am Curious ·
to echo @Lara , same for sore throat and chest tightness, particularly for those with both asthma and allergies. Postnasal drip causes a sore throat for me and I always have a tight chest around dust and ragweed. Those are the literal symptoms of COVID-19... I guess you can't please everyone and nothing is ever clear, ha. We have to do our best to pay close attention to our bodies, ask ourselves if what we are experiencing is unusual and act accordingly.
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