Asthma symptoms: Is asthma a lung disease? Is asthma a coronavirus high risk group?

Coronavirus cases are spiralling to huge highs as the number of confirmed patients in the UK soars. Boris Johnson has announced people should stay at home if they are in a high risk group – but what does this mean for people with asthma?

Severe asthma is rare but difficult to control. If you are deemed very high risk because of this, the NHS will contact you over the coming week with instructions.

If you have asthma and develop symptoms, you need to self isolate and use the NHS 111 service to book a test.

If you do not have asthma you only need to self isolate.

Yesterday’s Boris Johnson updated the measures people with health conditions such as asthma need to take to protect themselves from COVID-19.

He said: “By this coming weekend – it will be necessary to go further and to ensure that those with the most serious health conditions are largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.”

The Prime Minister is now expected to give a daily statement on the coronavirus crisis.


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