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13 Ways to Recognize Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wants you to get involved with us during May 2016 for Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Bring attention to the issues surrounding allergic diseases and the challenges of asthma. We make it easy: 13 Ways to Take Action for People with Asthma and Allergies You can make a difference for people living with asthma and allergies. We list 13 things for you to do, including joining our Advocacy Network , meeting us in St. Louis for Strides for Safe Kids...
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AAFA Joins 96 Other Patient Groups to Oppose Rule That Would Harm People With Chronic Conditions

AAFA Community Services ·
The I Am Essential coalition, submitted comments, signed by 97 patient groups, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposed rule that would expand the scope and applicability of short-term, limited-duration insurance plans (short-term plans). The rule, if finalized, would have a crippling effect on individuals' healthcare.
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AAFA Joins Other Patient Groups to Voice Concerns Over Health Care Ruling

AAFA Community Services ·
Access to proper health care coverage is essential and life-saving for people with asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has joined other patient groups to make up the I Am Essential coalition to advocate against changes that could threaten health care coverage for those we serve. This press release outlines the coalition's concerns about these proposed changes.
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Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

AAFA Community Services ·
Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.
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Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

AAFA Community Services ·
We spend approximately one-third of our time in the bedroom. Dust mites and mold – both of which are common indoor allergens – thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. They love moisture! You can reduce these allergens by taking some simple steps, including regular cleaning and using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products.
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Breathing Wildfire Smoke Puts Kids and People at Risk

AAFA Community Services ·
As the California wildfires rage, the San Francisco Bay Area is seeing some of the worst air quality ever recorded in the area. If you are in the affected area, take precautions to protect you and your family from the poor air quality . Smoke in the air can contain tiny particles that can get into your lungs and irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease are at high risk for asthma episodes when the...
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Hives That Won’t Go Away: The Basics of CIU

AAFA Community Services ·
Hives, those annoying itchy red bumps, often occur with an allergic reaction or sometimes a viral infection. Or sometimes, they can be more serious when they happen with a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
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Family Removed from Plane After Boy’s Allergic Reaction to Dog

AAFA Community Services ·
Be kind. Be nice. That is the message that a father with terminal cancer gives when he and his family are removed from a plane after his young son has an allergic reaction to a dog.
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FDA Approves Dupixent® for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis in Adolescents

AAFA Community Services ·
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dupixent® (dupilumab) for adolescent patients 12 to 17 years of age with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when those therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.
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freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. Indoor air quality is important for asthma and allergy control. We dedicated our current issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine to ways you can create a healthier home.
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Health Care Rule That Could Affect Those With Chronic Conditions Is Finalized

AAFA Community Services ·
The Trump Administration released a final rule expanding the scope and applicability of association health plans (AHPs). The Department of Labor’s rule implements President Trump’s October 2017 executive order which directed agencies to change existing regulations to provide consumers with more options for health care coverage.
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Health Insurance 101 for People With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 30, 2017, about Health Insurance 101 for People with Asthma and Allergies. Watch video on YouTube Our guest speaker was Prue Fitzpatrick, MPH, a member of the Board of Directors for AAFA. She has a background in health care policy, having been involved with recent health reform policy development and implementation, as well as experience working within the insurance industry. Ms. Fitzpatrick discussed:...
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Protect Yourself from Allergens and Asthma Triggers During Hurricane Recovery

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though hurricane season is coming to a close, the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still actively cleaning up and rebuilding. If you are in the affected areas and have asthma and allergies, be extra careful during this time. There are many things to consider as you remove debris, clean up flood damage and make repairs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips on managing your asthma before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm . This...
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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

AAFA Community Services ·
When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
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The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Asthma Back to School

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s time for a new school year, which means it’s time to make sure you have everything in place to help your child with asthma have a safe and successful year. As you gather book bags, lunch boxes and supplies for the new school year, check out these resources from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). We have helpful forms, free downloads and information on keeping your child healthy.
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What You Need to Know About Insect Repellents If You Have Eczema and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not the FDA, regulates most insect repellents applied on the skin? Some insect repellents claim to be "natural." These may contain food-related ingredients, like soybean oil or lemon.
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Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

AAFA Community Services ·
Two prescription benefit managers are dropping certain asthma and allergy drugs from their formularies in 2017. If you take these medicines and have your prescriptions covered by CVS Caremark or Express Scripts, other medicines will be substituted instead.
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for January

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you making a to-do list for the new year? Add some of these asthma and allergy tasks to your to-do list.
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Managing Your Indoor Allergies During the Winter

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’re having allergy symptoms during winter, the likely culprit is indoor allergies. The top indoor allergy triggers are dust mites, pet dander and mold.
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Re: GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Two Lots of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Sulfate Inhalers

Carrottop50 ·
I can only use the Ventolin and the Ins. won't cover it now and gave me Pro Air and it doesn't work for me! Now I don't have an inhaler that works and I'm 66 with Asthma and Bronchitis and a heart condition. The Ins. doesn't care if you drop dead! My doctor did a prior authorization for the Ventolin and they denied because it's not on the formulary list anymore! My cousin said to contact the manufacturer. Does anyone know if that works? I can't afford over $56 for one inhaler since on...
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Re: GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Two Lots of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Sulfate Inhalers

Je720768 ·
I'm severely allergic to peanuts and cannot use proair. Pro air is manufacture it on the line that has peanut contamination. Whereas ventilon isn't. I am on social security and I cannot afford that price. However maybe it's the part D drug plan you have. If you were to change up you might be able to get it covered. Or your doctor should be getting samples .my doc provides me with samples .
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Victoria E ·
Thankfully, I find keeping the living room allergen free is a bit more simple than other rooms in the home. Our living room is covered with hardwood, which is easy to vacuum, Swiffer and mop with a steamer. I've used the Unscented Bona Hardwood Cleaner to work well on any spills - and find that effective. I purchased faux wood blinds, rather than fabric curtains to cover the window, which eliminates a dust trap. Our couch is velvet (not completely ideal for allergens), although I vacuum it...
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Re: FDA Approves First Generic ADVAIR DISKUS® for Asthma Treatment

K8sMom2002 ·
Sadaya, thanks for letting us know this information. You were smart to check with your insurance company and see if and how they would cover the generic version. Are you eligible for any of the programs on AAFA's patient assistance page ?
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

MichiganB ·
I make sure to wash my bedding often and vacuum weekly (at least). I have special filters that cover my floor/heating vents in my bedroom. I also have a special window screen I can pop in my window that filters the air...so I can have my window open (during allergy flare-ups and farming season!) It's adjustable and portable - I love that window filter!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
Good graphic; I am a graphic designer, myself. :-) The article is concise and relatively thorough - even my CP specialist's secretary did not know to leave the bathroom fan on after showering! I use a 3-stage air filter in my bedroom, I wash the bedding weekly in hot water, as well as the bath towels from the en suite. I treat the tub and toilet with well-diluted apple cider vinegar or another non-toxic antibacterial frequently, running the exhaust fan (no window) and wearing a mask and...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

GigiGibson ·
I developed adult onset asthma in 2016. Unfortunately it is severe. I took it seriously in part because I am a nurse but because I ended up in the ED three times September 2016. I have never been more scared. I thought I was going to die the first time. I began to read up on taking control of all I could. I bought an air purifier, actually my husband did as I was couchbound. I bought a mattress cover, pillow covers and new pillows. Recently I decluttered my room and took out scarves I had...
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Re: My Son Wrote “Help Me” on the Bathroom Mirror During an Asthma Attack

Monique Cooper-Allison ·
Hi Jeana, cold weather has a lot to do with Javans Asthma. Matter of fact, the change of weather period. When it rains and then gets cold, or when it’s hot and then rain, or when it gets cold alone. Javan body also heats up fast so if we cover him up in layers, we teach him to take it off in school if he gets hot and to not wait too late until he sweats because then the wind may hit him and he will get sick. Have your husband go with you to the doctor and ask the doctor questions while he’s ...
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Re: FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

Deborah Bartlett ·
I would like to speak with my doctors about this. Good question is...will insurance cover any part of the cost?
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Read the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
The Spring/Summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – our digital magazine for people with asthma and allergies – is available!
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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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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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FDA Approves Dupixent® (Dupilumab) for Children Aged 6 to 11 Years With Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

AAFA Community Services ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Dupixent® (dupilumab) for children aged 6 to 11 years with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when those therapies are not advisable. Dupixent is the only biologic medicine approved for this patient population.
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Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...
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Public Health Emergency: Wildfires in the Western U.S. Cause Dangerous Air Pollution for People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Record-setting wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, putting millions of people with asthma at risk. The smoke and ash from the fires are polluting the air , creating unhealthy – even hazardous – air quality. This is a serious health emergency. What Do People With Asthma Need to Know About the Current Wildfires and Air Quality? The EPA’s AirNow.gov program measures and reports the air quality across the United States. Air quality is measured by the number of small...
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Re: Living With Eczema: Raise Awareness By Telling Your Eczema Story

LakiaShavonLightner ·
#MyEczemaStory Since childhood, I’ve suffered from Eczema. This skin allergy looks like a rash. Also each section of the skin itches. Medicine is the only way, to treat Eczema. This skin allergy appears on my, arms, thighs and legs. When it’s warm outside I wear, capris plus light jackets. To cover up my Eczema from others. As always very appreciative to share my story! Through the, AAFA, what would I do without this organization? I’m sure other patients strongly feel, this way!
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October Is Eczema Awareness Month

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have eczema , or care for someone who does, you know it can be a frustrating disease. This skin condition can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and tricky to manage. Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, affects about 16.5 million Americans. Those who have it know it’s much more than “dry skin,” “sensitive skin” or a “rash.” But many who aren’t familiar with eczema don’t realize the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on people and families who manage it.
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IRS Change Could Make Some Asthma Treatment More Affordable for People With High Deductible Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently made a change that could affect preventive asthma care. This change means some of your asthma medicines may become more affordable if you have a high deductible health plan (HDHP).
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Understanding Health Insurance Changes for 2021

AAFA Community Services ·
Health care reform has been a big topic in the news for a while now. With so much news on the topic, it can get confusing, especially during the federal Health Insurance Marketplace’s (Healthcare.gov) open enrollment. Here are some things to know about health care for 2021.
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Health Insurance Marketplace Guide for Asthma and Allergies for 2021

AAFA Community Services ·
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicine, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
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Asthma Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the U.S. Is Changing – What the New Guidelines Say

AAFA Community Services ·
On Dec. 3, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced updates to the clinical guidelines used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new guidelines are titled "The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines: A Report from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Working Group." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH, oversaw the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) and...
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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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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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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

savail ·
I mean, now that I'm not pregnant anymore, if you had me sit in an office with a mask and don't require me to talk much or anything, yeah, I can wear it just about forever, which has been a huge relief (I was averaging about 4 minutes while pregnant). But as soon as you introduce asthma triggers (mold, humidity, irritants and activity in my case)--which I note this study does not mention--yeah, no, it drops fast. But that's okay. The next time I get dizzy enough in the grocery store because...
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

Nana Pisces ·
Just yesterday at dr appt I walked 3 flight of stairs, I avoid elevators, & by the time I reached floor of dr office I was so out of breath & heart beating so fast. It took few minutes to feel normal. I am out of shape so if in shape I wouldn’t have felt as bad but without mask I know I wouldn’t feel so out of breath Also mondays the only day I work in office, I wear mask all day & takes me some time in morning to not breathe so hard/not practically hyperventilate. Most Monday’s...
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

ScttLee ·
Blah blah blah. Probably just a numbers game. Wonder who requested the test. Too many tests are geared to get the answers they want and not true results. The same amount of oxygen does go through a mask, but with breathing issues, it is harder to pull the same volume of air through it. Kind of like a vacuum cleaner trying to suck a rag though. Any activity with a mask on I am huffing and puffing very hard and my chest starts hurting severely. Same activity without a mask, no issues.
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

Shea ·
Interesting. Is there a link to the study? I am curious about where it was done (indoor or outdoor, at what temp, and at what exertion level). I tend to do fine indoors with ac for short periods of time, but in heat, add sweat, and exertion.. I find myself needing to tear that mask off and get relief just breathing with it off (I do mask breaks away from others). I am curious if these conditions (time, heat/humidity, exertion level) can be lab replicated and studied in others? (Or if they...
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

Kathy P ·
There was no link with the press release or the post info. But this is the JACI article - https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749 (20)31785-1/fulltext
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Re: Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

Shea ·
Hmm. I don't know. I looked iver the study. I do think they need more information and more numbers representing different groups of asthma and activity levels. It said n=3 on the n95 masks meaning that is the amount if people they are making that judgment on? Because, personally I feel n95 masks and cloth masks do affect breathing differently. I think exertion is the key thing Id want them to look at for asthmatics-- exertion and any tine when asthma is kinda flaring up and breathing can...
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Wearing a Face Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Does Not Affect Oxygen Levels

AAFA Community Services ·
Research that will be presented at the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting found that wearing a mask, which helps to slow the spread of COVID-19, does not impact the oxygen saturation of the wearer, regardless of if the individual has asthma or not.
 
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