COVID-19 is scary for everyone, but especially those that are considered high-risk patients. High-risk patients are people that suffer from underlying medical conditions that may make them more prone to getting COVID-19 and make their symptoms more severe if they do get it. One of those high-risk categories that affects a high number of people is those suffering with asthma. Asthma is a lung condition, so it’s understandable that a virus that affects your lungs would not be a good combination. 

Lowering Your Risk 

The most important thing that you can do as an asthma sufferer is to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. There are health recommendations that everyone is encouraged to follow, but asthma sufferers need to use even more caution. You should always wear a mask outside of your home. Large groups and gatherings should be avoided at all costs, and small gatherings should only occur if social distancing is enforced. It’s best to only attend small gatherings if they’re held outside or in a large open space with good airflow. It’s important to remember that any time you’re out of your home, there is some risk of catching COVID-19 even if all precautions are followed. Avoid unnecessary trips to the store, visits with friends, and anything that increases your risk of not being able to properly social distance. 

Staying Healthy 

Health experts are urging asthma sufferers to do everything they can to stay in good health in terms of their asthma. Staying as healthy as possible increases the likelihood of being able to recover from COVID-19 if you got it. you should follow your asthma treatment plan and regularly speak with your doctor to determine if anything about your treatment plan needs to be changed. Carry your inhaler or other asthma medication with you at all times and try to avoid triggers. Keep a 30-day supply of your medication on hand so that if you need to self-quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure you have everything that you need. 

It’s important to sanitize your home more than normal during this pandemic, but cleaning products can be a trigger for asthma. It’s best to ask someone in the home who doesn’t suffer from asthma to manage the chemicals and cleaning products. 

For help treating your asthma or to get tested for COVID-19, visit your local urgent care center today! It’s vital to know where to go when you need care for your asthma or COVID-19 related concerns, and urgent care is the perfect place for that care.