This chronic respiratory disease, “does not appear to increase the severity of COVID-19,” US researchers say.
Asthmatics are not likely to be at increased risk of getting sick or dying from coronavirus disease COVID-19. This was written by researchers from the University of New Jersey Rutgers in an article for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
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People with asthma, even those with impaired lung function, do not seem to suffer from SARS-CoV-2 more than people without asthma, scientists say and shrug – as long as there is only limited evidence on why this is so.
The reason may even be that asthmatics have become very vigilant with personal hygiene and social distancing in a pandemic, as well as the fact that they are usually younger than patients with other chronic diseases. Doctors note that asthma is associated with a much smaller number of other pathological conditions than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cardiovascular disease (CVD).
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At the same time, inhaled corticosteroids against asthma attacks “can reduce the ability of the virus to become infected” and reduce immunity, worsening the inflammatory response. More research is needed, the authors concluded.
In the main risk group COVID-19 still elderly and / or with SSZ, COPD, hypertension, people with diabetes and obesity.
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