I have asthma. Am I at higher risk of getting COVID-19?
If infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, some people are more likely to get serious symptoms. This includes older people and people with an underlying medical condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and lung disease. COVID-19 affects the respiratory tract – nose, throat, and lungs. Like other respiratory infections, it can cause an asthma attack and possibly lead to pneumonia. If severe, the pneumonia can be life-threatening, so anyone with asthma needs to take extra care to avoid anyone that could have the virus. And remember, even if someone else is infected with the virus and has no symptoms, they can still be contagious.
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