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People with Moderate to Severe Asthma

People with Moderate to Severe Asthma

This information is based on what we currently know about the spread and severity of COVID-19.

Risk of severe illness from COVID-19

People with moderate-to-severe or uncontrolled asthma are more likely to  be hospitalized from COVID-19. Take steps to protect yourself.

Protect yourself from COVID-19

Vaccine information for COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccines Information for Specific Groups

Vaccine information for older adults, long-term care facility residents, people with underlying medical conditions, people at high risk for severe illness, people with disabilities, and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Follow your Asthma Action Plan

  • Keep your asthma under control by following your asthma action plan.
  • Avoid your asthma triggers.
  • Continue current medications, including any inhalers with steroids in them (“steroids” is another word for corticosteroids). Know how to use your inhaler.
  • Do not stop any medications or change your asthma treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about creating an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers. Make sure that you have 30 days of non-prescription medications and supplies on hand in case you need to stay home for a long time.
  • Be careful around cleaning agents and disinfectants

Follow the recommendations below to reduce your chance of an asthma attack while cleaning. Follow recommendations for cleaning your home and in your facility.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

  • If you have asthma:
    • Ask an adult without asthma to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects for you.
    • Stay in another room when cleaners or disinfectants are being used and right after their use.
    • Use cleaning agents and disinfectant only when necessary. In routine situations, high-touch surfaces and objects might be cleaned effectively with soap and water.
    • Make a list of the urgent care or health facilities near you that provides nebulizer/asthma treatments and keep it close to your phone.
    • If you have an asthma attack, move away from the trigger, such as the cleaning agent or disinfectant or the area that was disinfected. Follow your Asthma Action Plan. Call 911 for medical emergencies.
  • The person cleaning and disinfecting should:
    • Choose disinfectants that are less likely to cause an asthma attack, using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list of approved productsexternal icon, such as:
      • Products with hydrogen peroxide (no stronger than 3%) or ethanol (ethyl alcohol)
      • Products that do NOT contain peroxyacetic acid or peracetic acid.
    • Limit use of chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks, such as bleach (sodium hypochlorite) or quaternary ammonium compounds (for example, benzalkonium chloride), and do not use them in enclosed spaces.
    • Follow additional precautions for cleaning and disinfecting places where people with asthma might be, to reduce exposure to asthma triggers.
  • Use products safely and correctly:
    • Always read and follow the directions on the product label to ensure you are using it safely and effectively.
    • Wear skin protection such as gloves and consider eye protection to protect yourself against splashes.
    • Make sure there is enough air flow (ventilation).
    • Use only the amount recommended on the label.
    • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
    • Do NOT mix chemical products. Label diluted cleaning solutions.
  • Store products safely and correctly

If you feel ill

Call your healthcare provider to ask about your symptoms. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health centerexternal icon or health department. Remember to call 911 for medical emergencies.

Take steps to help yourself cope with stress and anxiety

Patient resources

EXHALE technical package pdf icon[1.5 MB, 8 pages]

Allergy and Asthma Network external icon

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Americaexternal icon

National Environmental Education Foundationexternal icon

Additional resources for schools and childcare programs