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Impact of COVID-19 on Asthma Patients


Core Concepts
Maintaining asthma control reduces severe outcomes post COVID-19.
Abstract
Abstract and Introduction Patients with asthma during COVID-19 raised concerns. 2021 GINA report: asthma patients not at increased risk. Study: 163 patients evaluated pre and post COVID-19. 22.7% had COVID-19, longer asthma history in uncontrolled group. Treatment per GINA guideline, more uncontrolled patients in Step 1 and 5. GINA step 5 patients had worsened asthma with COVID-19. Optimal asthma control reduces severe outcomes post COVID-19. Conclusion Optimal asthma control reduces severe outcomes post COVID-19. Communication with specialists via phone comforting for patients.
Stats
22.7% of asthma patients had COVID-19. Asthma history longer in uncontrolled group. 18.4% of patients on allergen immunotherapy treatment. Worsened asthma in GINA step 5 patients with COVID-19. Severe COVID-19 led to severe asthma impairment.
Quotes
"Maintaining optimal asthma control should reduce risk of severe outcomes after COVID-19 disease." "Communication via phone with specialists was comforting for patients."

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by Ioana Adrian... at www.medscape.com 03-24-2023

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/988772
The Influence of COVID-19 Disease on Asthma

Deeper Inquiries

How can healthcare systems better support asthma patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Healthcare systems can better support asthma patients during the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing telemedicine services. This includes virtual consultations with healthcare providers, remote monitoring of asthma symptoms, and online education resources. By utilizing telemedicine, asthma patients can receive timely care and guidance without the need for in-person visits, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, healthcare systems should ensure that asthma patients have access to their prescribed medications, including inhalers and corticosteroids, to maintain optimal asthma control during the pandemic.

What are the potential drawbacks of solely relying on phone communication for chronic disease management?

While phone communication can be a convenient and effective way to manage chronic diseases like asthma, there are potential drawbacks to solely relying on this mode of communication. One drawback is the lack of visual cues that healthcare providers would typically observe during an in-person visit, which may result in missed or misinterpreted symptoms. Additionally, phone communication may limit the ability to perform physical examinations or diagnostic tests, which are essential for accurate disease management. Furthermore, patients may face challenges in expressing their symptoms and concerns effectively over the phone, leading to potential misunderstandings or incomplete information exchange.

How can advancements in telemedicine improve long-term care for chronic diseases like asthma?

Advancements in telemedicine can significantly improve long-term care for chronic diseases like asthma by enhancing accessibility, convenience, and efficiency of healthcare services. Telemedicine allows for remote monitoring of asthma symptoms, medication adherence, and treatment response, enabling healthcare providers to intervene promptly and adjust treatment plans as needed. Moreover, telemedicine platforms can facilitate secure communication between patients and healthcare providers, promoting continuous engagement and education. By leveraging telemedicine technologies such as mobile applications and wearable devices, patients with chronic diseases like asthma can actively participate in their care, leading to better disease management outcomes and improved quality of life.
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