A study suggests that asthma is not among risk factors for Covid-19

Hyperaxion Apr 16, 2020

Research shows that people with the condition are not more likely to be hospitalized because of the disease than other groups.

In a comment published on The Lancet by a group of European researchers, the professionals said they found it impressive that asthma was not among the risk factors for the development of the disease. They gave three explanations for this:

First, there was “substantial underdiagnosis or poor recognition of chronic respiratory disease in patients with COVID-19.” Second, having asthma protects against the coronavirus, as it triggers a “different immune response” in these patients. And finally, the third is that treatments that patients with asthma have undergone over the years alleviate the symptoms of the infection.

However, health officials stress that anyone who does not have asthma should not self-medicate with drugs to treat the condition. In addition, those with chronic respiratory disease should not stop ongoing treatments or “loosen” prophylactic measures. “We don’t yet know if people with asthma are more susceptible to serious outcomes if they get COVID-19,” wrote Christine Jenkins, of the University of New South Wales, Australia, in a text published on The Conversation.

In fact, even after the results of the new study, US officials said that little is known about the likelihood that patients with asthma will develop more severe infections. “COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease,” says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its website.

J. Allen Meadows, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said the same to The New York Times: “Since common coronaviruses in the United States, and influenza, trigger asthma flares in well controlled patients, we might expect Covid-19 to be similar.”

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