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Are asthma sufferers more at risk of life threatening complications from the coronavirus?

My son is 7 and has mild asthma. News reports state that those with "underlying" conditions are at the greatest risk - but i am not sure what those underlying conditions are... does that include asthma?  Also would using his "preventer" inhaler daily help with this (we dont usually use this unless he is unwell).

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The preventer should be used as directed, otherwise it is not preventing anything is it? he may be quite ill if he gets the virus, start giving him his medication properly.

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  • 1 month ago

    Generally speaking, anyone with lung problems is at a higher risk of complications from a respiratory infection. Mild asthma in an otherwise healthy child is less of a risk than end stage COPD in an 80 year old with diabetes and heart disease. If you want to know specifically what, if any, increased risks your son has, you need to talk with his doctor. I’m not sure what his “preventer” inhaler is, but inhalers don’t reduce the risk of getting a respiratory infection.

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  • Jason
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    So far it mostly seems to be those with compromised immune systems and chronic lung diseases like COPD that are at greatest risk. It also does not seem to be especially severe in children (as compared to flu, for example). If he does not have any symptoms and his peak flow meter is still in the green range (you do have a PFM, yes?), there is no reason to do anything. His inhaler does not change his risk of infection. There's nothing to do at the moment outside of the same things you would do to prevent flu or RSV -- wash your hands, avoid congested public places, and if he does show respiratory symptoms, have him seen by the doc that manages his asthma. 

    Source(s): Respiratory therapist (B.S., RRT, RPFT) Working on my master's in nursing -- this semester just happens to be public health and community nursing, so our class has been all over this like stink on skunk.
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  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Relax already good grief

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Anyone with lung problems or a compromised immune system are at greater risk.

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