Ep. 32: COVID-19 and Asthma: What you need to know
Updated: Sep 11, 2020
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