COVID-19 Resources for Members

Asthma & Coronavirus

People with chronic conditions, including asthma, are considered a high-risk group for COVID-19. The virus affects the lungs, which can make breathing harder and asthma attacks more severe than usual. People with asthma who contract COVID-19 may also be more likely to get pneumonia or acute respiratory disease.

If you suffer from asthma, it is especially important to follow the preventive hygiene and physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for everyone. But the CDC also recommends that people with asthma take the following additional precautions:

  • Get a 90-day supply of your essential medications, including an emergency supply of rescue inhalers. Ask your doctor to prescribe you these if you do not have them. Make sure you know how to use all of your medications. Learn more about getting access to medications, including home delivery options.
  • Avoid your asthma triggers and follow your asthma care plan carefully.
  • Clean and disinfect household surfaces that get touched often. Avoid disinfectants that can trigger your asthma and ventilate areas during cleaning.
  • California is under a “shelter in place” order – that means you should try to stay home as much as possible. Only go out for essential errands such as doctor’s visits, pharmacy pick-ups and groceries. A better option is to find ways to have food and supplies delivered to your home or see if your grocery store offers curbside pick-up.