COVID-19 AND ASTHMA DISEASE : WHAT PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA NEED TO KNOW

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Asthma patients are at greater risk of severely affected after being in contact with COVID-19.
This is because asthma patients already experience breathing problems and the deadly coronavirus most attacks on the lungs.


WHAT IS THE NEW CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ?

A CORONAVIRUS is a type of virus that often occurs in animals , sometimes it can spread to humans. This is rare.
In December 2019, a new illness called COVID-19 started spreading COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-COV-2 virus.


SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INCLUDES :
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Shortness of breath
4. Loss of taste and smell
5. Headache
6. Chills
7. Muscle pain

However, people with asthma need to especially diligent in protecting themselves from the virus through measures such as handwashing and staying away from those who are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 may be more severe and may lead to poor outcomes for those with asthma.
People with asthma need to continue taking their prescribed medications to prevent exacerbations of their asthma.


WHAT IS ASTHMA DISEASE :

A condition in which a person’s airways becomes inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life threatening attack.


SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA:
1. COUGH – can occur at night , during exercise , can be chronic , dry with phlegm , mild or severe.
2. RESPIRATORY – difficulty in breathing , wheezing , fast breathing.
3. CHEST PAIN
4. ANXIETY
5. AWAKENING
6. FAST HEART RATE
7. THROAT IRRITATION

TREATMENT FOR ASTHMA :

MEDICATIONS – The right medications for you depend on a number of things – your age, symptoms, asthma triggers and what works best to keep your asthma under control.

Prevention , long – term control medications reduce the swelling in your airway that leads to symptoms. Quick- relief inhalers quickly open swollen airways that are limiting breathing. In some cases, allergy medications are necessary.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19 WHEN YOU HAVR ASTHMA :
• Stock on up suppliers.
• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
• When you go to in public, keep away from others who are sick.
• Clean your hands often by washing with soap and using alchohol based sanitizer.
• Avoid crowds and peoples who are sick during COVID-19 outbreak in your community. Stay home as much as possible.
• In some in your home is sick , have them stay away from the rest of the household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in your home.
• Avoid sharing personal household items.

Shakshi Singh

Saathi News Health Writer Bringing Top Health News

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