Pulmonologist Explains on Whether or Not Asthmatic People Are More Susceptible to COVID-19
ASTHMATIC – A pulmonologist, Dr. Maricar Limpin, explained on whether or not people with asthma are more prone to getting infected with COVID-19.
Everyone now is at watch against COVID-19 or coronavirus. In the Philippines, there are already 14,319 cases of the disease recorded by the Department of Health (DOH).
According to DOH, 873 of these coronavirus patients died while 3,323 have recovered from the said disease. The fight against it is yet to be over as there are still new cases daily.
It is widely known that the elderly ones are more prone to getting COVID-19. Another group are those people who have existing medical conditions. How about asthma?
A pulmonologist explained on whether or not asthmatic people are more prone to getting infected with COVID-19. Based on a report on GMA News, Dr. Maricar Limpin expressed that “theoretically”, there is a higher risk of infection for people with asthma.
The doctor is referring to moderate to severe asthma cases. She also noted the difficulty in differentiating the symptoms of asthma and COVID-19 since both are respiratory conditions.
“Parehas din kasing magpe-present ng ubo-ubo, may konting plema, may parang pangangati ng lalamunan,” Dr. Limpin expressed based on the report.
Despite that asthmatic individuals are more prone to getting COVID-19 virus, those who have no asthma must still not be complacent. Dr. Limpin stressed that this coronavirus is a “communicable disease”.
The doctor stressed that it is important to practice social distancing noting that there is really a community transmission recorded in the country. The wearing of face mask is also very essential in fighting COVID-19 spread.