Joan Adam, Secretary of Health

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Asthma and COVID-19

Having moderate-to-severe asthma might increase your risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Actions to take

  • Keep your asthma under control by following your Asthma Action Plan.

  • Continue your current medicines, including any inhalers with steroids in them (“steroids” is another word for corticosteroids). Know how to use your inhaler. Avoid your asthma triggers.

  • Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines.

    • Call your healthcare provider or care team if you have concerns about your condition, your treatment, think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, have any new signs or symptoms of illness or any other questions.

  • Call your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your condition or feel sick.

  • Have another member of your household who doesn’t have asthma clean and disinfect your house for you. When they use cleaning and disinfecting products, have them:

    • Make sure that people with asthma are not in the room.

    • Avoid using disinfectants known to trigger asthma attacks.

    • Open windows or doors and use a fan that blows air outdoors.

    • Always follow the instructions on the product label.

    • To minimize cleaners from spreading in the air, pour spray products onto a cleaning cloth or paper towel instead of spraying the product directly onto the cleaning surface (if the product label allows)

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