How to manage your asthma during the coronavirus outbreak? Should asthmatics change their treatments? What are the right reflexes to adopt? Answers.
I HAVE ASTHMA: SHOULD I BE WARY OF CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?
Yes, although the figures for the Covid-19 coronavirus are encouraging (with a mortality rate of around 2% and even less than 0.5% before the age of 40), the studies are conclusive: coronavirus infection is more serious in people with respiratory failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, with a higher death rate.
The association Asthma and Allergies states that “while asthmatics are no more likely to be infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus than the rest of the population (provided that asthma is well controlled), they are more likely to develop respiratory complications if infected”. Caution is called for!
Is it necessary to consult one’s pneumologist? If your asthma is well controlled – i.e. there is no respiratory discomfort (cough, shortness of breath) or recent attacks – it is not necessary to consult your respiratory doctor.
CORONAVIRUS AND ASTHMA: SHOULD YOU CONTINUE TO TAKE CORTICOSTEROIDS?
Yes, yes and yes! The association Asthma and Allergies, confirms it: “in case of unusual cough, respiratory discomfort and fever it is, at this time, essential to consult your doctor before starting an oral cortisone treatment”.
Nevertheless, beware of (dangerous) fake news circulating on social networks: as the French Federation of Allergology (FFAL) points out, “it has never been shown that taking inhaled corticosteroids was a risk factor for severe Covid-19”.
Concerning corticosteroids by general route (tablets, pills, anti-inflammatory …), “the minimum dose to control asthma must be continued, according to the advice of your doctor who will judge whether to adapt or not”, recommends the association Asthma and Allergies.
Conclusion: in the absence of medical advice, there is no question of stopping treatment for asthma. For the FFAL, it is even “essential for asthma patients to continue to be treated so that their disease is controlled”. Because, as the association Asthma and Allergies explains, “good symptom control limits the risk of having an inflammatory asthma flare-up in the event of a viral infection”. This can save us a trip to the emergency room…
Is it necessary to wear a mask? Wearing a mask is recommended for people with symptoms – difficulty breathing, cough, shortness of breath – to protect the rest of the population. In the absence of symptoms, the mask is therefore not necessary!
CORONAVIRUS AND ASTHMA: WHAT ARE THE RIGHT REFLEXES TO ADOPT?
If you have any questions about asthma, you can call the Asthma & Allergies Infos Service toll-free number (0800 19 20 21).
We adopt the barrier gestures against the coronavirus: wash your hands frequently with soap and water (or hydroalcoholic gel), limit physical contact (do not kiss, do not shake hands), keep a distance from others (1 metre minimum)…
In the event of contact with a person with Covid-19 coronavirus, the official recommendation is to monitor symptoms – the appearance of fever, aches and pains or a