Coronavirus disease is deadly and scary for all but there are some whose risk of being critically ill after contracting the virus is more than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma patients are at greater risk of being severely affected after being in contact with COVID-19 causing virus. Also Read - World Asthma Day 2020 on May 5: Objective, History, Significance, And Theme
This is because asthma patients already experience breathing problem. Contracting coronavirus can trigger asthma attack and the condition can become worse. You will soon develop pneumonia and other severe lung diseases. Now the question is, how can you differentiate between asthma and COVID-19? Well, the former is characterised by symptoms including coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath etc. These may appear similar to what COVID-19 affected patients experience. But, if these signs are followed by fever, fatigue, a dry cough, loss of appetite, and body ache, you are most probably suffering from coronavirus disease and it is time to consult a doctor. Also Read - Asthmatic Man, 40, Dies of Coronavirus in Scotland Hours After Telling Wife 'I Can't Keep Fighting it'
During the current pandemic, asthma patients should take extra precautions to avoid being critically ill. To do that, you must maintain social distancing and proper hygiene. Also, you can take help of some home remedies to keep asthma attack at bay. Read further to know about them. Also Read - Breastfeeding: The Best Way to Prevent Asthma And Allergies in Infants
Have Caffeinated Drinks
Caffeinated drinks including coffee, black and green tea work similar as theophylline, an asthma medicine. Having these beverages can keep your airways open. Caffeine has been found to slightly improve breathing function for at least 4 hours.
Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Being rich in anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus oil can treat asthma and keep asthma attack at bay. According to a study published in the journal Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, this essential oil contains 1.8-cineole, an element that reduces airway inflammation.
Practice Breathing Exercises
According to a 2014 study, practicing breathing exercises can improve symptoms of asthma and may also lower your need of taking rescue medicines. Diaphragmatic breathing, nasal breathing, pap worth method, and buteyko breathing can help in this regard. These exercises focus on reducing hyperventilation and help you breathe through nose.