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Ep. 32: COVID-19 and Asthma: What you need to know

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

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September is known as September Asthma Epidemic or Asthma Peak Week because of the increased hospitalizations due to asthma. Since we are entering the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic there are some additional preventative steps those with asthma should take this year. 

Dr G and Kortney are joined by Melanie Carver, the chief mission officer of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Melanie has been working on creating more resources surrounding COVID-19 and Asthma. She shares her expertise about the impacts of COVID-19 on asthmatics, schools, and wearing face masks. 

What we cover in this episode:

  • Why September is a peak month for asthma

  • What you can do to help ensure you will not be negatively impacted by your asthma during September peak

  • How COVID-19 impacts those with asthma 

  • Back to school: what are asthma triggers that kids are being exposed to and how you can address them

  • Back to school: what you need to know about preparing for being in the classroom

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 versus the symptoms of asthma

  • Does wearing a mask impact asthma

  • Tips on wearing a mask

  • What you can do to help protect yourself from COVID-19 this fall/winter (get a flu shot!)

Additional resources:

Great graphic from Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America