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Risk of severe illness from coronavirus

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:20 AM

People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.


There is currently no specific treatment for or vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.


• Stock up on supplies.

• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.

• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick.

• Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

• Avoid crowds and people who are sick.

• Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

• During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

• If someone in your home is sick, have them stay away from the rest of the household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in your home.

Avoid sharing personal household items such as cups and towels.


• Keep your asthma under control by following your asthma action plan.

• Continue your current medications, including any inhalers with steroids in them (‘steroids’ is another word for corticosteroids).

• Don’t stop any medications or change your asthma treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider.

• Discuss any concerns about your treatment with your healthcare provider.

• Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about creating an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers. Make sure that you have 30 days of non-prescription medications and supplies on hand, too, in case you need to stay home for a long time.

• Know how to use your inhaler.

• Avoid your asthma triggers.

As more cases of COVID-19 are discovered and our communities take action to combat the spread of disease, it is natural for some people to feel concerned or stressed. Strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack. Take steps to help yourself cope with stress and anxiety.