Unstable weather and seasonal allergies have never been kind to those with asthma, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making matters more confusing. But experts worldwide have already come up with new guidelines — especially on the subject of face masks.
While the coronavirus precautions tell us to cover our faces, the Asthma U.K. charity says that asthma sufferers shouldn’t cover their faces with masks if it causes significant breathing difficulties. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees but wants the patients with respiratory problems to consider every risk.
If someone suffers from mild asthma, the issue will presumably not be that big, says Dr. David Stukus of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, as quoted by ABC. But the patients whose asthma symptoms are usually severe, with regular exacerbations and symptoms that lead to frequent hospitalizations and medicating should be way more cautious.
Masks as a COVID-19 precaution are also not necessary if you taking a walk down a remote area, but are important in public places. Other than that, Dr. Stukus says, asthma patients can follow the usual seasonal routine (but it’s always best to consult with your physician about your personal pandemic approach).