1. Stay at home if you have asthma: If your asthma is unstable, you are advised to remain at home and self-isolate. The disease is already a burden to your lungs and respiratory organs, you do not want to invite the deadly virus to make things worse.
2. Asthmatic patients should not wear masks: The World Health Organization and CDC have not recommended face masks for anyone suffering from asthma. The masks should only be used by anyone who has tested positive. Masks can even affect the breathing of an asthmatic patient.
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3. Emphysema and COPD patients should keep their drugs handy: Emphysema and COPD patients are advised to have a 30-day supply of current medications available in case of emergencies. During the lockdown, access to drugs might be affected, so it is best to act fast and buy in bulk to safeguard your health. If you depend on oxygen, reach out to your oxygen supplier.
4. Clean your surroundings: Ensure you clean and disinfect your home to get rid of germs all around the house. Regularly touched surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, sinks, smartphones, must be properly cleaned during this time to protect your lungs.
5. Avoid crowds: This is very important, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. You will be risking exposure to the virus in crowded places and this could backfire on your lungs. Stay safe out there.
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