COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the USA, and recently Arizona became one of the “hot spots” with increased infections due to the virus. If you have asthma, here’s what you need to know about coronavirus:

Respiratory viruses are the most common trigger for asthma flares. Some viruses, like influenza and rhinovirus, are more likely to trigger asthma. So far, research indicates that COVID-19 is not likely one of those viruses that can trigger asthma

There is no clear evidence that patients with asthma are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19

There is no evidence that asthma medications, such as daily inhaled steroids, montelukast, or biologics, increase your risk of contracting COVID-19

It’s super important to wear a mask, even if you have asthma, to prevent against transmission of COVID-19.

It’s also important to continue your routine asthma medications, use rescue medications as needed, and follow your asthma action plan if you have one.

If you become infected with COVID-19, it’s important to avoid experimental treatments unless that treatment is recommended by your physician.

It’s important to know that if you become infected with COVID-19 and are using a nebulizer at home, the virus may persist in respiratory droplets in the air for up to 2 hours after the nebulizer treatment.

Finally, be sure to contact your allergist or provider at AAAI if your symptoms worsen, if you have questions about your medications, or if it seems like your asthma or allergies are not under control.