Asthma Canada has gathered some tips that everyone with asthma can follow to help manage their asthma in these challenging times.

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 recognize 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 Canada’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 Canada’s Asthma & Allergy HelpLine call-back service to connect with a Certified Respiratory Educator if you have questions about managing your asthma. Call 1-866-787-4050 or email info@asthma.ca

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 Canada.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Wear a non-medical grade face mask or covering when you are 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, ears or mouth.
  • Make sure that you get high-quality information about COVID-19 from reliable sources. The Public Health Agency of Canada is a reliable source of information, as are provincial and territorial public health authorities.