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

Kathy P ·
Jeni D - what we have heard about nebulizer use is that hospitals are switching from nebulizer to inhaler because if the risk of the virus becoming airborne when treating a patient sick with COVID-19. You can read the statement here - https://community.aafa.org/blo...t-people-with-asthma It's important to keep your child's asthma as well controlled as you can. If you have concerns, please contact their doctor. The current recommendation in general is to not stop taking any of your asthma...
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TiffYG2133 ·
Can't stock up on inhalers when the pharmacy refuses to give me any!
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JillianW ·
Im a nurse aid and i bought N95 masks in January. I get that there is short supply, but for people who already have their own bbn personal ones to protect themselves for times like this... why are we being penalized for wanting to save ourselves? I cant save others if im infecting myself. It is unfair to work in hazardous and deadly situations and not be allowed to protect yourself on the job? Why is everyine saying not to wear them? I dont want this disease. So ill die a hero? Well i can...
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Lorene ·
Hi @JillianW , I understand your concern and frustration. There seems to be mixed messages around who should wear a mask. As a nurse aid, you are a healthcare provider and should follow the CDC guidelines for healthcare professionals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...-nCoV/hcp/index.html It is important to protect yourself and your family. Please take care of yourself! Lorene
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Bob in GA ·
Surprised not to see reduction in sense of taste or smell as covid-19 symptom in table!
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Collin S Magnuson ·
Albuterol inhalers, nebulizers and other asthma treatments may significantly strengthen the lungs and help symptoms of Coronavirus and fight off the infection faster. Even people without asthma could use asthma treatments to fight corona virus.
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Lorene ·
Hi @Collin S Magnuson , asthma medicines reduce swelling inside the airways, relax muscles that tighten around the airway and reduce excess mucus that clogs the airways. They actually reduce or stop these changes in your airway from happening, but unfortunately do not strengthen them. Taking your medications as prescribed is key to helping your asthma stay under control even when you get an infection or virus. When people without lung disease get a respiratory infection, asthma treatments...
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SuzanneLV ·
My husband is 59 and has asthma. He works for a large trucking company (very popular prefer not to say which one) He is taking his own precautions, but I am very concerned that he is in the warehouse, building etc. His doctor (hes new to us) is saying he doesn't have to stay away from work (he leaves at 6:30 am comes home at 9 ish PM) He is around this the majority of his day. What are his rights with this company? I am VERY concerned he is there so much he will catch this and then it will...
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Lorene ·
Hi @SuzanneLV , It is totally understandable that you are worried about your husband. First of all, a big thank you goes out to him and all he is doing to keep the country running during the shutdowns. According to OSHA regulations, employers are required to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to all employees who are exposed to a hazard. The question is, will his employer consider the virus a hazard (they should). You can find the requirements here:...
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PJ_55 ·
Should asthmatics continue to go to their allergist and get shots while there is a large number of people with the corona virus?
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BbL ·
My daughter (11 yrs old and homeschooled since last year due to illness) is scheduled to have her Xolair shots tomorrow. She takes two shots every two weeks. She has sever asthma and allergy. Today they called to make sure anyone in the family is not having any kind of symptoms related to coronavirus. I'm scared to take her. What happens IF she doesn't take her shots until after the Apex/curve is flatten? Help. Mom in need.
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Melissa G ·
Hi PJ55 and BbL, welcome to the AAFA forums! PJ55, have you spoken with your dr about your concerns? BbL, did you express your concerns when the office called today? I know locally some dr's offices are having you "check-in" from your car and you are taken right back to an exam room once you enter the office. You can always inquire about what their current procedures are.
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PJ_55 ·
My MD said I should get them every 2 weeks, but they were not wearing masks last week when I went. They are allowing for waiting in the car, however. i am trying to decide if I should keep my appointment next week, and was wondering what this organization position on the subject.
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BbL ·
my daughters office took careful measures the last time. They informed me they will be doing the same thing. Still, I'm concerned. I guess, I'm wondering more what would happen is she stops Xolair for a few months? I know she won't improve. Will she get worse? Can she start up were she left of? Or, pick up were she left of? Am I taking a bigger chance by exposing her? Can she have a successful pause from Xolair?
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Lorene ·
Hi @BbL - we totally understand the concern you are feeling. Below are few things to consider that I hope will help: A recent journal article: COVID-19: Pandemic Contingency Planning for the Allergy and Immunology Clinic states that most asthma and allergy visits can be delayed or conducted by telehealth until the pandemic is over, except for patients with primary immunodeficiency, severe asthma, or are on venom immunotherapy. Feel free to share the article with your daughter's healthcare...
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Lorene ·
Hi @PJ_55 - thanks for your comment. As I shared with BbL, it is best to ask your doctor if skipping a dose is OK, or is there a chance your asthma may become uncontrolled. Right now, we all want to make sure our asthma is as well controlled as possible in case we do get sick. Asking if they have increased their protocols to protect staff and patients since your last visit may help you decide if you should go or skip this week. Please check out my response to BbL that links to a journal...
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megd ·
i’m 16 years old working as a cashier. I have mild asthma which is well controlled and have never been in icu or anything serious. there’s about 1,200 cases in my province and i live in the main city area. should i continue to go to work? they have put up plexiglass and provided masks and gloves but i feel it is not enough. i’ve only worked around 400 hours so i don’t qualify for EI and i don’t want to lose my job. i’m not sure if i qualify to take a leave of absence for 6 months and i’m not...
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Tytania ·
okay just a question but how do you all figure that people with asthma do not get shortness of breath? I know tons of people with it ,including myself and we all get shortness of breath! this is not a correct statement to say people with asthma seasonal allergies etc do not get short of breath , because we in fact do. honestly the symptoms of Covid-19 are so vague it is scary for people with lung issues because we have those symptoms often except for fever, and for me with lupus etc (and...
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Tytania ·
what bothers me also is that and that this chart said that we do not get shortness of breath with seasonal allergies and that is just not truth! I have been in an asthma group for ten years and I know several of the people and they all get shortness of breathe like I do with seasonal allergies.
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Tom Martin III ·
More testing and measurements is needed as soon as possible. Some of us have severe "shortness of breath" inside public facilities like urgent care and Costco if we touch Clorox disinfecting wipes without gloves. Who is measuring VOC levels in NY VS CA. Look at COVID-19 Deaths in CA Vs NYC? #Cleanairmatters #MeasureVOCS/QACS
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Zachary ·
You are going to get people killed! Do not use a nebulizer. The only time you should use it is if you have asthma and you live alone. 1. It does not "fight it off" 2. A nebulizer makes the virus into an aerosol that now has extraordinarily bigger infecton radius. If you are not a pulmonologist do not give advice you will hurt people
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Kathy P ·
Hi Zachary and welcome. Thank you for reiterating that asthma medicines are not protective in any way against the novel coronavirus that causes COVD-19. It is important for anyone with asthma to continue to take their medicine as directed to keep their asthma well controlled. We do recommend that inhalers be used at this time if possible, but some people may need to use a nebulizer for their medicine. We asked this question of our medical advisor and it is included in the blog:
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Tytania ·
they do give albuterol to people who get issues with breathing at home sometimes. and I know they also give it to people with COPD, not just asthma.
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Tytania ·
actually they do give nebulizers to other people besides those who have asthma , people with COPD and Bronchitis often get them too. And you do not need to live alone to use one. he is not getting people killed. you are grossly over reacting. sometimes if people do not use one they will die of either a COPD flare or an asthma attack. You can use one at home as stated from a professional above as long as you are in your own space in the house alone or where there is a huge space that is well...
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I Am Curious ·
The use of nebulizers (specifically nebulizers) can increase the risk of infection of those around you if you are ill, because of aerosolization. Depending on who's around you, infection can be deadly. Continue to follow your normal asthma routine as doctors recommend, but if you fall ill and you use a nebulizer, make sure you know the risk to those around you and prepare yourselves accordingly. Many hospitals have stopped using nebulizers in COVID-19 patients for this reason. It may help...
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MikeO ·
Kathy P posted: Hello, I suggest you read this: Japan study shows inhaled corticosteroids is effective at inhibiting SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) viral reproduction. They are NOT effective against MERS, influenza, and other retroviruses. https://www.biorxiv.org/conten...11.987016v1.full.pdf Japan and Korea are doing trials of Alvesco inhaler for treatment of mild COVID-19 respiratory issues. https://geneonline.news/en/202...o-to-fight-covid-19/
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Islandgirl ·
I have been on a weekly allergy immunotherapy since SEP2019, does that affect my immune system or does it suppress my immune system in any way that would make me susceptible to corona virus more than someone who has regular seasonal allergies?
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savail ·
I keep finding conflicting recommendations from places online about whether or not those with asthma or other breathing issues should wear a face covering. Normally, my asthma is mostly just set off by mold or the heat (or both, because mold is a real **** when it gets hot and humid outside), but since becoming pregnant, it's just been all around bad and hard to breathe in general. I try to minimize the amount I use my inhaler, but all of the disinfectants in use haven't been helping any,...
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Melissa G ·
Hi Islandgirl, welcome to the AAFA forums! That is a great question, have you consulted with your dr about your concern? You can also submit your question to our "Ask The Allergist". Savail, you are correct, there is conflicting information on wearing masks. This is the latest recommendation from the CDC for people with asthma. Have you ever seen an allergist or pulmonologist?
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savail ·
Miss Melissa, no, I have not unless it was when I was a young child. I know I was diagnosed with sinus problems around threeish and that on more than one occasion, they told my mother I would always have breathing problems without some kind of surgery. I was 'prescribed' a variety of different generic OTC allergy/sinus meds from childhood all the way through high school. I didn't have issues with activity or sports at the time, and according to doctors had adjusted well, so really, the only...
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Melissa G ·
Savail, here is a free online asthma care course . It goes over asthma triggers, symptoms and medications.
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Kathy P ·
Hi @savail - AAFA has reached out to the CDC to share concerns and questions about masks and face coverings. We will update our community as new information develops. During pregnancy, wimen can see their asthma symptoms get better, worse or stay the same. It's sounds like yours may have gotten worse. Have you checked bin with your doctor about your increased issues? They can best guide you to a treatment plan that will keep you and the baby safe and healthy. www.aafa.org/pregnancy
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Kathy P ·
Hi @Islandgirl - that's a great question and we did ask our medical experts about allergy shots:
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Islandgirl ·
Hello..yes..I am now on maintenance and was told that it is "building" my immune system.
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savail ·
@Kathy P @Melissa G , thank you both for the links. I'll be sure to check out both of those!
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Brendan ·
Hi Karim, I have cold induced, which can also be induced by a sharp change in temperature by 35 degrees in less than 24 hours,and I don't think ive gotten more than a 200 on my flow. I also haven't had to use my nebulizer in just over a year and spent most of my morning winters in the ER. My mothers friend is one of the head nurses for the covid situation here in New Jersey, I explained how I felt weeks ago to her the other day, she confirmed that I may have in fact had it. I did not however...
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Candace ·
It seems from the information that I've read about COVID-19, the virus is highly unpredictable; symptoms and outcomes vary widely, depending on the strength of each individual's immune system, comorbidities, and age. Physicians and researchers are still uncovering many details of how the virus affects different patient populations, and they learn new information every day. They report that some with underlying conditions survive the virus, while many others die, which is why health experts...
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Maja ·
Hi i am from Europe. And i have asthma for many years. I am very scared now because COVID19. I follow all instructions. I haven't been out of the apartment already 2 months. I live with my parents who are retired. Only my father went out for food once a week and always wore a mask. I have had a low temperature 37.2 for 14 days. It changes during the day. In the morning I don't have and in the evening increases to 37.2 when I fall asleep it is normal. I don't have other symptoms. What is...
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Lorene ·
Hi @Maja - it sounds like you're doing everything right. I'm sorry you have a fever. Calling your doctor and asking what you should do is recommended. Many of us are scared as well - sending hugs! Please let us know what your doctor says and keep us posted on how you are feeling. Lorene
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anthonyconstantinou ·
Anthony Constantinou says, “We need to keep our preventer inhaler daily as prescribed. This will be helpful to cut risk of an asthma attack being triggered by coronavirus or any respiratory virus.”
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billysmit555 ·
People suffering from severe to moderate asthma are considered at high risk of getting infected from the coronavirus. The virus affects your respiratory tract, and most probably, it can trigger an asthma attack. There is also a possibility that the situation gets more critical and led to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease. Pharmaceutical companies are still working on the COVID19 mediation, and it will take a few months to be available in the market. So, the best way to avoid getting...
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Wolfbane ·
I have COVID-19 and asthma. I also have other health conditions and am over 65. I am not as ill as I expected (going on two weeks with it). I have to wonder of those of us on corticosteroids have some protection from the inflammation that is so deadly with COVID-19. I have to be on prednisone for adrenal insufficiency as well as well, so it's a bit different for me, but with the mortality rate for asthmatics with COVID-19 being below what would be expected, it gives me pause about this link.
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Lorene ·
@Wolfbane I am so sorry to hear you have COVID-19, but thank goodness you are not as ill as you could be. How are you feeling after 2 weeks, do you think you've turned the corner? Sending healing vibes your way! Lorene
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Wolfbane ·
Thank you. Still a bit of a struggle, but I am able to rest because my wife is taking up my slack, bless her heart. I do not think I've turned the corner because, after improving earlier in the week, I began to get more ill again as the week has evolved. I understand that this happens with his virus, so I'm just going to take as long as I need to recover.
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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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