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Asthma and Allergies: Ways You Can Protect Yourself During COVID-19 (Webinar)

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how people with asthma and allergies can protect themselves during COVID-19 (the new coronavirus).
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Asthma and Allergy Caucus to FDA: Take Action to Prevent Albuterol Shortages

AAFA Community Services ·
Congressmen Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), Co-Chairs of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, joined by Congressmen TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), Members of Caucus, led 57 Members of the House on a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about shortages of albuterol inhalers, which are critical to effective asthma management.
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Asthma Drug Shortages During COVID-19: A Letter From AAFA’s President and CEO

AAFA Community Services ·
Because of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic, we are facing a challenging and unprecedented time. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, and the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma are at high risk for complications from the virus. As the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, this has the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) deeply concerned for your health and well-being.
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COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been fighting to save lives for nearly 70 years. With your support, we provide education, conduct patient-centered research and advocate for protections for our community. Our experience and strong community ties allowed us to take prompt action on the COVID-19 crisis . Thanks to your generous support, we are leading the fight against COVID-19 for people with asthma and allergies. But we need your help to continue to provide COVID-19...
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Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AAFA Community Services ·
With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

SPetrone ·
This is my son. No-one can say why. If you could point me in a direction that would be great, I've never seen anything like it. Thank you, Steve Petrone
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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

Melissa G ·
Hi Steve, welcome to the AAFA forums! Has your son been seen by an allergist or dermatologist? I recommend starting a new topic on our Skin Conditions Forum . You will be able to get more replies there.
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Re: COVID-19 and Its Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

Cncmom ·
Poor guy. I am not a medical professional but had suffered from a similar looking rash years ago. It was on my torso as well as my thighs. Mine was related to stress. I treated with oatmeal baths and soothing lotion.
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Re: ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Smiles all the way ·
Greetings from my end, am always grateful for the useful tips,though regional differences yet one love. Please, keep the good work going, I appreciate every effort. Much love, Mary. On Tue, May 5, 2020, 8:18 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ecabello ·
Thank you for this information. My son is 16 years old. He takes Breo. These are scary times, and more when I heard people saying it won't affect you. It will affect just with people with other medical conditions as Ashma. My question now will be, is he needs to change his medicine to another? Breo has corticosteroi.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kathy P ·
Hi Escabello - Dr. Grayson stated above that there is no known risk of poor outcome from taking corticosteroids. There is more risk if your asthma is not well controlled. For that reason, the recommendation is to continue taking your asthma medicine and if you have concerns, talk to your son's doctor.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SteveAltman ·
Hi, I'm curious about these statements about corticosteroids. I have a mild/intermittent case of asthma and sometimes I take Wixela ( Fluticasone and Salmeterol Inhalation Powder), though I'm not sure it does anything. My concern is the fact that "viral respiratory infections" are listed as a "common" side effect of using this medicine. I mentioned this to my health care provider when we were discussing the coronavirus and his response was "if you're worried about it, don't use it." So my...
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

degende ·
Hello, Thank you very much for addressing this. In Germany a public figure adviced for Asthma patients to check with their doctors, if they better switch their medication to non-corticoid. That leaves me in limbo, because I inhale Viani Mite 50/100 (Salmeterol&Fluticasonpropionat) once every morning. I could switch to a Ventolin or similar (just Salmeterol) it would be ok, but not as thorough as the Viani Mite. Isn’t there any data about simply the percentage of asthma patients amongst...
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sachin ·
Thank you soo much for this blog... Exactly the kind of information i was looking,... Just wanted to know Any general medication which we can keep ready as precautions? ( Coz, assuming that doctors are busy and may not be available when in emergency we need consultation) PS : 42yrs , Male, dust/pollution caused asthma.. taking Salmeterol&Fluticason powder and fluticason nasal spray & montelikast/fexofrndine tablets now that the air is pure can we reduce dose?
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Melissa G ·
Hi Sachin, welcome to the AAFA forums! That is a great question to ask your dr, we cannot give medical advice. Do you have an asthma action plan ?
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Re: Asthma Drug Shortages During COVID-19: A Letter From AAFA’s President and CEO

zesushv ·
Can 2020 be cancelled already? The year is obviously not interested in anything good.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lizzie ·
Can I ask a question about this line in the editorial? "These data come from hospitalized patients where the use of systemic corticosteroids after onset of the disease as a treatment for COVID-19 demonstrated a poorer outcome. There are no data available on a risk for those taking corticosteroids (orally or inhaled) for their asthma and a risk of poor outcome from COVID-19." It seems to be saying that those who took corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID seemed to have a poorer outcome.
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Re: Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dr Ms Kamal S Saxena ·
Hi Dr Gary Based out of India.. I wish to know if asthmatic patients are prone to Corona Virus
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Re: Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

MPH ·
I know exactly how it feels to say and feel “I can’t breathe”. How people would do nothing to help. Do everything to cover it up. Because Doctors under my care did so on purpose to me. Soon my living heck will be over. No more covering it up. No more mental abuse. No more physical abuse. Because as a Doctor said “no one cares about you”.
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COVID-19 Impacts on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Due to the coronavirus pandemic , families face uncertainty related to health, finances and overall well-being. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) surveyed 2,695 people to understand the impact of COVID-19 on asthma and allergy communities. The survey revealed the reach of the virus, how families are protecting themselves and the challenges families face specific to asthma and allergies. AAFA will use the results to target communication, education and advocacy efforts. Of...
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
More than 65 million people in the United States live with asthma or allergies to food , drugs or other allergens . About 3,600 people die each year from asthma – deaths that can often be prevented . COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) poses even more danger to people with asthma and allergies. To kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and for World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have partnered to raise awareness and...
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Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

AAFA Community Services ·
Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...
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Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

AAFA Community Services ·
School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with asthma and allergies. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though COVID-19 will change how schools operate for the 2020-2021 school year, children with asthma and allergies need to have a school health care plan in place if they are returning to in-person learning. Physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks and coverings , and other school policies may impact your child’s care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s medical condition and how it...
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Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hosted a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. They answered questions and shared resources on how to create a school that is food allergy and asthma friendly while preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 . Watch on YouTube Resources Asthma COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools Helping Students Manage Asthma in School...
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Re: How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Godmyfour ·
Its ridiculous that MD do have no protection for our childern. My daugther has asthma bad especially in September this year it was the 1st day. Plus yes our school systems is so not right. They failed my baby 2 two but over turned the last one. Then last year ask if she wants to go in her correct grade in October no this should of been offered before school started. Crazy no implenations or help.
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Re: How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Compton ·
Hello Godmyfour. Welcome to these community discussions where very difficult questions can be asked and where smart and compassionate people share their best answers. My own children are past school but I can imagine how hard it is for you to send yours to school with so much uncertainty. I guess for me the first thing to know is what IS the COVID plan at my school? Is it the best available? What are school staff doing at your children's school? Are you satisfied you know how to play your...
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Re: Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

Kathy P ·
Hi Chinarider10 - we are so sorry that you somehow received this 3 times. I will look into it.
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Re: Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

Chinarider10 ·
I have received this email three times today. On Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 4:37 PM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
In March 2020, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic. This fall and winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes flu viruses and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will spread at the same time. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to hear about the experiences, perceptions and needs of people with asthma and allergies as they relate to COVID-19 and the flu. We hope to better serve the asthma and allergy...
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New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Experts from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital will talk about managing your asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP now for our free webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). REGISTER NOW Our expert panel will discuss: Access to asthma health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in hardest-hit communities Asthma...
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Re: New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Charlene Watts ·
Will this webinar be available for viewing again?
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Re: New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kathy P ·
Hi @Charlene Watts - yes the webinar will be available for viewing soon. We will post the video and resources on here on the blog.
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Ask the Experts: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
An expert panel from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC) Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Hospital answered your questions about managing asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our expert panel discussed: Access to asthma health care during the COVID-19 pandemic Asthma management strategies, including preventing respiratory illnesses Making decisions for in-person and stay-at-home learning and...
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Will You Help Prevent a Flu/COVID-19 “Twindemic”?

AAFA Community Services ·
As we continue to fight COVID-19 , we are now in flu season too. Get your flu shot and join the staff at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to prevent a “twindemic.” What Is a “Twindemic” and Why Should You Be Concerned? A “twindemic” is a word used to describe the spread of the flu and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the same time. As we have seen, COVID-19 spreads easily. So far, it has been responsible for millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of...
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Facebook Live Chat: The Latest From the NIH on COVID-19, Asthma and Food Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Join AAFA President and CEO Kenneth Mendez as he talks with experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about the latest research on COVID-19, asthma and food allergies. When: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, 1:30 – 2 p.m. ET (10:30 – 11 a.m. PT) Where: AAFA's Facebook page – watch the session live or later from your computer, iOS or Android device. RSVP: Click the "Going" icon on our Facebook event to receive a reminder...
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Re: New Webinar: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Compton ·
Hello @Charlene Watts I'm checking that you found the recording of the webinar at Ask the Experts: Managing Asthma During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Video and Resources)
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Webinar: Dr. Vin Gupta on COVID-19, the Flu, and Vaccines

AAFA Community Services ·
Time Change - please note that the time of this event has been changed to noon EST / 9 a.m. PST. This webinar will be recorded and all registered attendees will receive the replay and resources shared during the live event. Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines? Would you like to know more about protecting yourself from the flu and managing your asthma? Dr. Vin Gupta will join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to talk about COVID-19, the flu, and managing...
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Reduce Your Holiday Stress With These Asthma Control Tips

AAFA Community Services ·
Don't let hidden allergy and asthma triggers ruin your holiday cheer. Knowing where your triggers can hide during this festive season can reduce your chances of an asthma flare. Review your Asthma Action Plan and always keep your emergency medicines with you at all times.
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Asthma, Flu and COVID-19 with Dr. Vin Gupta (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
Dr. Vin Gupta joined the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to talk about COVID-19, the flu, and managing asthma on Dec. 10, 2020. He answered questions from viewers on: Protecting yourself from the flu and COVID-19 while managing asthma The flu and COVID-19 vaccines Helping students manage asthma in school during COVID-19 Note: We recorded this webinar before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. We connected with several members...
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AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...
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Re: 4 Common Respiratory Infections and How People With Asthma Can Protect Themselves

Deborah Bartlett ·
This is a great blog post! Be sure to keep hydrated, especially with the heat running more during cold days and nights! Keep your head propped up during the night, to help keep your airway open. Be sure to contact your doctor right away if things just don't seem right. Cover your face with a scarf if going out into the cold. Yes, this means over your mask. Be sure to wash your hands properly when necessary. Follow your medication schedule as directed by your doctor! Also, don't forget to...
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Protect Yourself From Respiratory Infections Through Contact-Free Shopping

AAFA Community Services ·
COVID-19 and the flu – respiratory infections that can trigger asthma symptoms – spread easily from person to person. Shopping in crowded stores can increase the spread of respiratory infections. Luckily, there are options to help you protect yourself and others. Many of the same items you can buy in stores are available through at-home shopping. Health Benefits to Shopping From Home Many people shop from home because of how easy it is to have items delivered right to your door. You don’t...
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Has your insurance coverage changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

AAFA Community Services ·
Now Recruiting: Asthma in Families Facing Out-Of-Pocket Requirements Due to COVID-19 AAFA and our partners at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute are studying the impact of an insurance navigation assistance program for people with asthma who lost insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will include online information and the opportunity to get insurance information from trained navigators from AAFA. We are looking for people who: have...
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Town Hall: Black Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFA Community Services ·
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black Americans hard. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker , the COVID death rate of Black Americans is 1.5 times that of white people. We now have two COVID-19 vaccines , with more on the way. While the vaccines offer hope overall, they raise other concerns. Many Black Americans may not be able to get it. Or they may choose to not to get it. The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) held a virtual town hall on Jan. 25, 2021, to examine barriers that may...
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

lori1022 ·
Thank you for this summary. Such important initiatives to Champion! Pets/ESA/manipulative use of animal in public use business spaces by the public and animal owners in AIRLINERS (especially closed spaces) and event store/shop/retail/restaurant space businesses. Has been long, long, overdue. This has been extremely harmful for the disability population as we have seen. An application of service animal needed to be made OR ENFORCED. By large business associations and large companies, only way...
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...
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AAFA Honors Black History Month With a Focus on Health Equity

AAFA Community Services ·
February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

savail ·
Bleah, I hate to double post, but apparently it's been too long to edit since I was going back over the article to make sure I didn't miss anything. At any rate, just off the top of my head, I notice the following issues with this study (given the information presented in the blog; mayhaps the actual study addresses these?): 1) Number of participants: 223 2) The study was entirely self-report -- no control groups, no accounting for bias, wasn't double-blind, etc. etc. The article makes it...
 
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