You might be wondering what COVID-19 means for you, or your loved ones with asthma. When people with asthma get respiratory infections, it can trigger their asthma symptoms. Most people recover from COVID-19 after a period of rest, that may extend up to 14 days. In some, it can be more severe and, in rare cases, life-threatening. People of all ages can be infected by the virus, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself.
Asthma Ghana recommends that Ghana with asthma ensure they renew or refill their asthma prescriptions with a 30-day supply so that they don't run out of medication, should they become ill.
Asthma Ghana recommends that Ghana with asthma continue to take their prescribed asthma medications unless their healthcare provider has advised otherwise. Stopping medication use may cause adverse health effects and is not recommended unless directed by your healthcare professional. Do not stop or modify your asthma medications because of concern about COVID-19. This includes biologics. Biologics used to treat asthma do not have the same immune effects like biologics to treat other types of illnesses.
Managing your asthma during the pandemic
Keep taking your controller medication daily or as prescribed. This will help cut your risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including COVID-19.
Carry your reliever inhaler with you every day, in case your asthma symptoms flare up.
Monitor your asthma symptoms closely and follow your Asthma Action Plan to help you recognise and manage asthma symptoms, and know when to seek advice from your healthcare provider or emergency help.
If you must travel, pack all asthma medications in your carry-on luggage so it is easily accessible. Pack extra asthma medication in case your travel plans change or are delayed. Be sure to check travel advice and advisories from the Government of Ghana's website.
Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and fluids, and eat good nutritious food.
Ensure that you speak with your healthcare provider about recommended vaccinations. Getting both the influenza vaccination (flu-shot) and pneumococcal disease vaccination are important steps people with asthma can take to help stay healthy.
Reach out to Asthma Ghana's Asthma & Allergy HelpLine call-back service to connect with a if you have questions about managing your asthma. Call +233 54 682 9126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Steps Everyone Can Take to Lower the Risk of Getting and Spreading COVID-19
Practice social distancing/self-monitoring/self-isolation/isolation as directed by the Public Health Agency of Ghana.
Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.
Wear a non-medical grade face mask when you are in public places and in situations where you are not able to maintain physical distancing, like on public transportation or the grocery store.
Avoid closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, phones and door handles.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, ears or mouth.
Stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know who are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
Make sure that you get high-quality information about COVID-19 from reliable sources. The Public Health Agency of Ghana is a reliable source of information, as are provincial and territorial public health authorities.
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