COVID-19 is a respiratory infection.
People with underlying lung conditions might be more likely to show symptoms of the infection or to have a more severe reaction than others.
To reduce your risk of symptoms, Asthma UK says the best action you can take is to follow these simple asthma management steps:
- Keep taking your preventer inhaler daily as prescribed.
This will help cut your risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including coronavirus.
- Carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you every day, in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up.
- Download and use an asthma action plan to help you recognise and manage asthma symptoms when they come on.
- Start a peak flow diary, if you have a peak flow meter. If you don’t have a peak flow meter, think about getting one from your GP or pharmacist, as it can be a good way of tracking your asthma and helping to tell the difference between asthma symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms. It can also help your medical team to assess you over the phone or video.
- If you come down with flu, a cold, or any other respiratory infection, follow our tips for looking after your asthma when you’re not well.
- If you smoke it’s vital to quit now as smoking will increase your risk from COVID-19. There’s NHS advice on how to give up smoking here.
If you have severe asthma
Severe asthma is asthma that is hard to treat, and often the symptoms are not well controlled, even with high doses of medicines.
Having severe asthma is likely to put you at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The NHS will contact you from the 23rd March to tell you what to do if you are in this higher-risk group. For now, you should follow the advice above, and try to be extra careful about avoiding unnecessary contact with other people.
For more information, see the Asthma UK website
(Source: Asthma UK)