People who suffer from severe and unmanaged asthma are most likely to be hospitalised because of the coronavirus disease. Knowing your triggers, taking your medication and following your asthma action plan can help you to manage the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s take a look at why asthma and coronavirus should be avoided together and what you can do to protect yourself.


Manage Your Asthma Condition

People who have severe asthma should take extra precautions to protect themselves against the coronavirus disease. While you are no more likely to contract coronavirus because you have asthma, if you do get it, it can cause complications. Our tips to manage severe asthma and coronavirus include

  • Take your preventer medication as directed by your general practitioner
  • Continue to use your inhaler medication as directed
  • Make sure you have an asthma action plan written out and that it is accessible
  • Know and avoid your asthma triggers
  • Follow your asthma treatment plan carefully and do not make any changes without the permission and advice of your general practitioner
  • It’s a good idea to speak to your GP about having a 30 day supply of medication on hand, at home, just in case you are required to stay home. This is a precautionary move that you should undertake to ensure you have a continuous supply of medication available


Manage Your Coronavirus Risks

options back pain solutions southbankBy following the World Health Organisation guidelines carefully you can manage your risk of contracting coronavirus by

  • Getting your coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available to you
  • Wearing a mask when you are in public
  • Keeping a social distance of 1-15.m from others when you are out in public
  • Avoiding going out in public unnecessarily and only having outings when it is essential
  • Washing your hands frequently with detergent and warm water and using a hand sanitiser of 70% alcohol regularly, especially when you are out in public
  • Avoiding large crowds and physical contact with people.

Furthermore, if you want to avoid severe asthma and coronavirus, you should make sure that rooms and utensils are sprayed and sanitised before you use them. You should take care to only use a sanitiser that is approved and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals that are known to trigger asthma attacks.

Try not to worry about it. Even though we are living through a stressful time, remember that heightened emotions such as stress can actually trigger asthma attacks. While worries will not protect you against coronavirus disease, taking action could. Rather than becoming anxious, review your asthma action plan and make sure you are prepared to handle an emergency.

So far it also appears as though the coronavirus vaccine is safe for patients who have asthma and should not interfere with any medications you are taking to manage your asthma. If you have any concerns, you should discuss them with your general practitioner as soon as possible.


To find out more about asthma and coronavirus and how to protect yourself it’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for an appointment: (03) 9699 9121.

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