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Does COVID-19 make asthma worse?

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COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus. That means it can affect your lungs, throat, and nose. For people with asthma, infection with the virus could lead to an asthma attack, pneumonia, or other lung disease.

One small study shows asthma doesn’t raise your chances of getting infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But if you do get sick, your symptoms could be worse than others because you already have problems breathing.

From: COVID-19 and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): People with Asthma and COVID-19, How It Spreads, Clean & Disinfect, Protect Yourself, Symptoms,” “Asthma: Triggers.” 

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters,” “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Important information About COVID-19 for those with asthma.”

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology : “Clinical characteristics of 140 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China.”

The New England Journal of Medicine : “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma Action Plan.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): People with Asthma and COVID-19, How It Spreads, Clean & Disinfect, Protect Yourself, Symptoms,” “Asthma: Triggers.” 

World Health Organization: “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters,” “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Important information About COVID-19 for those with asthma.”

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology : “Clinical characteristics of 140 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China.”

The New England Journal of Medicine : “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma Action Plan.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on March 23, 2020

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