COVID-19 advice for people with respiratory conditions including asthma - 13 March 2020

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has now released information and advice for Australians with allergic rhinitis, asthma and immunodeficiencies. 

People with asthma/children with asthma should always take medications as prescribed by their doctor and follow instructions on management/ treatment plans. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis and asthma can look like symptoms of a cold/virus so it is important to always do your best to control asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Whether you have allergic rhinitis/asthma, a cold, a virus or COVID-19, it is always good practise to follow appropriate hygiene measures as stated by ASCIA.

Those with asthma are reminded to speak with their GP about the influenza vaccine which should be available in mid-April.

In case of the need to self-isolate, people on regular medications should give serious consideration to having a two week supply of all medications they need at home.

See the ASCIA information on COVID-19 here: www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/ascia-information-about-covid-19

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IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are having an allergic reaction follow advice on your ASCIA Action Plan.

If in doubt, give the Anapen® or EpiPen®.

Do not call us for emergency advice.

If you do not have an ASCIA Action Plan and/or an Anapen® or EpiPen® call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.