Ep. 32: COVID-19 and Asthma: What you need to know
Updated: Sep 11
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!)
Great graphic from Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America