Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, health authorities and experts everywhere claimed that asthma patients were at higher risk for severe disease and hospitalization than were non-asthmatics, which stands to reason since SARS-CoV-2 generally enters the body via the lungs which is where asthma manifests itself.
But happily for asthmatics like me, study after study has failed to find much support for that association.
Now in a new report in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers published the largest research review about the potential link between asthma and COVID-19 and have concluded that the risk for severe or fatal COVID19 in asthma patients is similar to that of the general population so long as the asthma remains well controlled.
Why is there likely no added risk to health from SARS-CoV-2 to asthmatics?
The researchers guess it’s either because in their respiratory linings, asthmatics have fewer of the cells that the virus latches on to than do people without asthma, or that some of the drugs that most asthmatics use, such as inhaled steroids, protect asthmatics against infection.
If it’s the latter connection, that argues very strongly about making sure you take your asthma meds as prescribed.