Many parents worry about their children falling ill with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). This is especially a concern if the child has bronchial asthma. Current studies suggest that children with asthma are not at increased risk of catching COVID-19 infections nor at risk of more severe COVID-19 disease. Keeping asthma well controlled is important for the prevention of severe COVID-19 disease in asthma.
To reduce the risk of flare of asthma or COVID-19 disease in children, parents must ensure the following:
- Keep to the prescribed medications for allergic rhinitis and asthma and use these according to your written action plans. Adherence to the use of prescribed controller medications will help reduce the risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including COVID-19 virus
- Keep to your scheduled follow up appointments as recommended by the doctor as this is important for good monitoring of and control of disease.
- Engage with your doctors early in case of uncertainty or concerns. Respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19 as described may be very similar to asthma symptoms.
- Be on schedule with recommended childhood vaccinations including COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.
- Comply with the locally prescribed measures for prevention of COVID-19 disease including use of face masks and or face shields, social distancing and hand hygiene.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and new information is rapidly made available, prevention and treatment recommendations may change. Please reach out to your doctor early for any questions or concerns.
This article was contributed by Dr Jenny Tang, AIA Preferred Provider, and Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in Asthma, Lung, Sleep and Allergy. To request an appointment with Dr Jenny Tang, please click here.