Precautions for asthma patients during COVID
For people with asthma during COVID 19 can be especially dangerous as the virus affects the respiratory system. It affects your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose & throat) and lungs. Special precautions for asthma patients during COVID must be taken, as the virus can trigger an asthma attack, cause pneumonia, or other serious lung diseases for asthmatic patients. Although studies show that asthma doesn’t increase your chances of getting COVID 19, if you do get sick, your symptoms can be much more severe. Below are 5 COVID precautions for asthma patients during Covid to take:
- Double mask and avoid crowds
During the ongoing pandemic, it is ideal for anyone to stay inside and not step out of the house. If you have asthma and COVID 19 risk factors, then this is even more necessary. Don’t step out unless you absolutely have to. Groceries and food can all be delivered, as can most other things that you need. If you do go out, avoid crowded places, and wear double maks. Evidence shows that wearing a surgical mask underneath a cloth mask more effectively stops droplets from coming into contact with your face.
- Keep your medications handy
Consult your doctor if in case there are changes in your medications/dosages, and about any other precautions, you can possibly take. Keep your inhaler, nebulizer and medications close to you at all times. In case of an emergency, please don’t panic.
- Consult a doctor as soon as you feel a symptom
COVID-19 symptoms can take time to develop, and many don’t even realise they have it until their symptoms become more severe. If your respiratory system is already compromised, as in the case with asthmatic patients, then you need to spot your symptoms and start getting treatment as soon as possible. As asthma and coronavirus both affect your respiratory system, not getting treated can make your condition very severe. If you even have a suspicion that you may have COVID 19, inform your doctor and seek help. If you can, get an oximeter, and monitor your oxygen levels regularly.
- Keep your usual asthma triggers away
Whatever your triggers are, stay away from them. Keep your surroundings free of dust, keep pets at bay, avoid polluted areas, don’t smoke, and get rid of any pests. Don’t use disinfectants as they can cause asthma, but do your best to keep your home free of all possible triggers.
- Avoid any mental or physical stress
Don’t engage in an exercise without getting clearance from your doctors first. Exercising right now could lead to several complications if you end up straining yourself. Don’t stress out yourself watching too many news channels or endlessly scrolling through social media. Stress can trigger asthma attacks. Stress and anxiety can make your symptoms much, much worse. Watch comedy shows, light-hearted movies, listen to music, play games, and chat with your friends online, instead.
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