Coronavirus and asthma: Are people with asthma at high risk for coronavirus?

Coronavirus and asthma: Are people with asthma at high risk for coronavirus?

The World Health Organisation has outlined that sufferers of asthma are in the increased risk group, but there is no research currently to suggest they are more likely to contract the disease or suffer a more severe illness.

However, as asthmatic people are generally more at risk with seasonal infections such as the flu and other respiratory infections such as pneumonia, they should still take all the necessary precautions such as social distancing and washing hands diligently.

Getting a respiratory infection can make the symptoms of asthma much worse and make someone more likely to have an attack.

Severe asthma is rare but difficult to control. If you are deemed very high risk because of this, the NHS will contact you over the coming week with instructions.

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Published at Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:06:00 +0000