Living with asthma or COPD means you’re already accustomed to thinking about your respiratory health. These days, with the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing every day, it’s understandable you have questions about how the virus could affect you.
We’re maintaining a list of trustworthy COVID-19 resources created specifically for people with asthma or COPD.
- People with Asthma and COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains this page with information “based on what we currently know about the spread and severity of coronavirus.”
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has answers to many common questions, including how to tell the difference between coronavirus, flu, a cold or allergies.
- Coronavirus Information for the COPD Community
The COPD Foundation has medical and scientific experts “working to ensure that accurate information is shared with our community.”
- A Coronavirus Update for the COPD Community
COPD360social, the community network at COPD Foundation, posts regular updates with helpful, practical information for people living with COPD.
- COVID-19, Asthma and Allergies: You’ve Got Questions…
Allergy & Asthma Network hosted a webinar with board-certified allergist and immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD, to answer your questions.
- Webinar Recording: COVID-19, COPD and You: Important Strategies from Leading Medical Experts on Managing Your Health
The COPD Foundation hosted a webinar with strategies to help people with COPD manage their health under the current circumstances. (Scroll down to the link that says, “Access the recording here.”)
Since people with lung conditions may experience worse symptoms if they do get the virus, it’s best to follow these guidelines released by the CDC for people at high risk:
- Stock up on supplies (a 14 to 30 day supply)
- Take steps to keep a distance from others (social distancing, about 6 feet)
- Avoid people who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
- Avoid crowds as much as possible
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Clean and disinfect your home and car regularly, especially items you touch often like doorknobs, light switches, cell phones, car door handles and steering wheels, etc.
In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll be providing additional information and strategies to help you follow these recommendations.
If you have questions about your health or you’re not feeling well, contact your healthcare provider by phone or visit their website to determine whether you should be seen in-person.
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