After the World Health Organization (WHO) will declare to new coronavirus Like a global pandemic, the outbreak in more than 100 countries has raised concerns among those suffering from asthma, people especially vulnerable to any virus.
According to the recommendations of the pulmonologists of the French association Asthma & Allergies, it is not necessary that these people abandon the corticosteroid-based treatments, since this action will not prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Proper control of symptoms limits the risks of an inflammatory asthma attack in case of viral infection”, explain the experts. For this reason, they emphasize that it is very important not to interrupt treatment against asthma.
This treatment is mainly based on inhaled corticosteroids, which allow keeping the bronchial inflammation, symptoms and decrease asthmatic exacerbation, so it is recommended to continue with it.
THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS
If you present cough, shortness of breath and fever, You should consult a doctor before starting oral cortisone treatment. But are asthmatics more likely to get COVID-19?
No, people with asthma have no more risk of getting the new coronavirus compared to the rest of the population, as long as asthma is properly controlled. However, asthmatics are more likely to develop respiratory complications if they become infected.
TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS
In view of this last point, it is important to take your doctor’s concerns and advice to avoid contagion, as well as to continue with the traditional treatment against asthma.
According to the director of the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases of the Ministry of Health, Manuel Loayza, people suffering from diabetes, asthma, hypertension, chronic diseases and older adults, should be vaccinated against pneumococcus.
“It is important to vaccinate against pneumococcus to those over 60 years of age, in order to increase the immune response capacity of this population group, facing the epidemic of COVID-19”, Explain.
The doctor also maintains that if an older adult is in good health, has a healthy diet, in addition to having been vaccinated against pneumococcus, he could only have a strong cold if he is infected with the COVID-19.
This vaccine is applied by the Ministry of Health free of charge to children under five and adults over 60, in any of the establishments nationwide. If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus or want to receive guidance and information about COVID – 19, call toll free 113 or write via WhatsApp at 952842623.