Back to school? Back to the office? What does COVID-19 mean for people with asthma this fall?

Typically, this time of the year is all about back to school sales, labor day barbecues and the start of football season. But, things are different this year. We are making some progress controlling the spread of COVID-19. But as people start spending more time indoors, there’s concern about a second wave of infections. What does this mean for people with asthma?

The Quick Take

The best chance we have to get a handle on COVID-19 is by following the advice of local health officials. They’re most informed about the needs of particular communities, and different places are in different phases of “reopening.” 

Google’s coronavirus educational site has links to local resources plus lots of other reliable information about COVID-19.

In addition to staying informed, keep doing what you have been: Wear a face covering in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands often.

Want to know more? Read on…

The Latest About COVID-19 and People With Asthma

Are you frustrated by conflicting news about COVID-19? Are you anxious about the need to continue social distancing? You’re not alone. #AloneTogether is a website dedicated to helping you take care of yourself and others. They have good advice for people returning to school, plus links to mental health resources for people who are grieving, parents, students, people in the LGBTQ community and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their article about COVID-19 for People with Asthma and COVID-19. It includes new information about preparation and prevention. And there’s a section on using cleaning products to disinfect your home without triggering an asthma attack.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has updated their page, Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know, with Information on proper air ventilation to help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, updated symptoms, an updated list of high-risk groups and more.

If you’re a parent or educator, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has also released their COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools, which is meant to supplement the CDC’s school reopening guidelines.

Finally, Hartford HealthCare has 10 Tips Every Asthma Patient Should Know During COVID-19. We think their advice is spot on. Check it out.


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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