Last updated: 11 October 2020 7.10pm
Having asthma may put you at a higher risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19 (coronavirus). You need to take extra care to protect yourself.
Manage your asthma well during this period. Take your asthma medicine as prescribed. Do not stop taking any medicines unless your GP tells you to.
You should have an asthma action plan.
If you do not have one:
- phone the Asthma advice line on 1800 44 54 64 and ask for an action plan
- download an asthma action plan (PDF, 330KB, 2 pages)
If you get COVID-19
You can usually treat symptoms of COVID-19 at home. But some people may need to be admitted to hospital. This decision will be made with your GP.
It will depend on your:
- home situation
- asthma condition
- risk of spreading coronavirus
If you are being treated at home continue to take all your inhalers as normal. Your GP may add steroids if you need them.
Be ready to deal with an asthma attack in case you have one.
If you are already taking steroids, continue to take them.
- inhalers (preventer inhalers)
- nasal sprays or drops
- eye drops
- ear drops
Taking your preventer inhaler will decrease your risk of having an asthma attack. It will also reduce your respiratory symptoms.
Looking after your mental health
It is difficult living with asthma during the current uncertainty.