Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19
People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
Treatment and Prevention
There is currently no specific treatment for or vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can find information on how to avoid exposure here.
Follow Your Asthma Action Plan
- Keep your asthma under control by following your asthma action plan.
- Continue your current medications, including any inhalers with steroids in them (“steroids” is another word for corticosteroids).
- Don’t stop any medications or change your asthma treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider. Discuss any concerns about your treatment with your healthcare provider.
- Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about creating an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers. Make sure that you have 30 days of non-prescription medications and supplies on hand too in case you need to stay home for a long time.
- Know how to use your inhaler.
- Avoid your asthma triggers.
- As more cases of COVID-19 are discovered and our communities take action to combat the spread of disease, it is natural for some people to feel concerned or stressed. Strong emotions can trigger an asthma attack. Take steps to help yourself cope with stress and anxiety.
If You Have Symptoms
- Call your healthcare provider to ask about your symptoms and a referral to testing.
- TestUtah.com has an online assessment that will help determine if you need testing and direct you to a testing location in Utah if needed.
- If you have additional questions, you can call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line 1-800-456-7707.