MISLEADING: DO NOT SHARE
People with mild asthma should take preventive medication against COVID-19.
Misleading. This is not in line with Asthma UK’s recommendations.
The NHS states that people with ‘lung conditions, such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis’ may be at increased risk from coronavirus. The NHS tells people with asthma to follow Asthma UK’s advice.
Asthma UK states that if you or your child is :
- Taking ALL THREE OF:
- a steroid preventer inhaler (at any dose)
- another preventer medicine (e.g. you are on a combination inhaler, or take a medicine such as formoterol or salmeterol, or tiotropium as well as your steroid inhaler, or if you are taking montelukast)
- regular or continuous oral steroids (which means you had 4 or more prescriptions for prednisolone between July and December 2019)
- have been admitted to hospital in the last 12 months for your asthma.
- have ever been admitted to an intensive are unit for your asthma.
You should go into shielding, staying at home at all times and avoiding any face to face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks.
Asthma UK also advises people taking any of the below medicines to shield too:
- Any biologic therapy, also called a mAb (Xolair/omalizumab, Nucala/mepolizumab, Cinqaero/reslizumab, Fasenra/benralizumab)
- Antibiotic tablets or liquid for asthma every week as a preventer (e.g. azithromycin)
- A combination inhaler that also contains a long-acting bronchodilator (e.g. Seretide, Fostair, Symbicort) at a high daily steroid dose (see the table below)
- An inhaler with a high daily steroid dose (see the table below) AND you are taking Montelukast
If your asthma is getting worse and you have symptoms of COVID-19, use the NHS 111 online service or call 111. Don’t go to your doctor’s surgery.
Regarding medicating, Asthma UK states that people should ‘keep taking your preventer inhaler daily as prescribed, and ‘Carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you every day in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up’.
It also advises everyone to stay at home, and ‘continue to wash your hands often, with soap and water.’
However there is no mention of taking antihistamines, putting Vicks around your nose, or UV exposure as preventative measures.
NHS: Advice for people at higher risk
asthmaUK: Coronavirus (COVID-19)