The best asthma management advice during the coronavirus outbreak according to Asthma UK is as follows:
- Keep taking your preventer inhaler (usually brown) daily as prescribed. This will help cut your risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including coronavirus.
- Carry your blue reliever inhaler with you every day, in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up.
- Download and use an asthma action plan to help you recognise and manage asthma symptoms when they come on.
- If you come down with flu, a cold, or any other respiratory infection, follow Asthma UK's tips for looking after your asthma when you’re not well.
- If your asthma symptoms get worse at any point, call 111 for advice or make a next day appointment with your GP (if you suspect you may have coronavirus, call 111 or use the 111 online coronavirus service, (don’t go to see your GP).
- If you’re having an asthma attack, follow the steps on your asthma action plan and call 999 for an ambulance if you need to.
If you think you may have coronavirus Asthma UK offers the following advice:
- If you feel ill then do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone and tell them that you have asthma and that you're getting asthma symptoms.
- Explain how often you are using your reliever inhaler and that it’s not working completely.
- Follow the instructions given to you by 111.
- If your symptoms get worse quickly and you’re worried you are having an asthma attack, call 999 and let them know you may have coronavirus and are having an asthma attack. Follow Asthma UK's asthma attack advice for more information.