Many asthmatics or those with respiratory conditions are reading on Facebook of an emergency pack available to them. This post on Facebook is FAKE.
The post says if you phone your doctor they will give you a pack with 5 days of steroids and 5 days of antibioitics. This is NOT the case. Doctors would never just hand out such medication without checking you over first.
DO NOT RING your doctor for this pack, it does not exist. All you are doing is clogging up the surgery phone lines.
If you are struggling with your breathing you can phone the doctors or 999 for advice on what to do.
Further Information from National Asthma Education Programme
Are you at further risk of Covid-19 being an asthmatic?
The World Health Organization (WHO) says yes. It lists asthma, along with diabetes and heart disease, as conditions that make someone “more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”
But there is little definitive evidence to say whether asthma increases the likelihood of catching the virus or of experiencing more severe illness. “The data that we have so far from China and South Korea does not identify people with asthma as being at risk of getting the virus or having more severe illness with the virus,” Sebastian Johnston, a professor of respiratory medicine & allergy at the U.K. National Heart and Lung Institute.
That said, when people with asthma get respiratory infections, it can set off their asthma symptoms. So yes, you do need to be careful and take precautions. To reduce your risk of asthma, the best action you can take is to follow these simple steps:
• Take your preventer meds daily as prescribed. This will help reduce your risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including coronavirus.
• Carry our reliever with you at all times, in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up.
• Download the NAEP Action Plan to help you recognise and manage asthma symptoms when they come on. A copy can be found here.
• If you come down with a cold or flu, or any other respiratory infection, see your doctor and take precautions.
• If you smoke, now is a good time to quit. Smoking will increase your risk from COVID-19.
• Don’t panic or stress as this can also influence your asthma. Understand your symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel you need it.
If you have asthma, and no symptoms of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
• Use tissues to wipe your nose or catch a sneeze, then discard them immediately
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• Avoid unnecessary interactions with other people: large gatherings, shaking hands or hugging, unnecessary travel etc
• Carry on with your usual asthma meds
National Asthma Education Program