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Another group that has benefitted somewhat from the pandemic

According to data from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, during this pandemic, admissions for flare-ups of COPD dropped by a very substantial 53% at University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) hospitals.

Why?

The researchers speculate that the ubiquitous “stay-at-home orders, social distancing, mask mandates and strict limits on large gatherings” lowered exposure to the kind of viral infections, particularly the flu, that raise the risk of a COPD flare-up.

The downside of this news is that as restrictions and other COVID-19 measures are relaxed, COPD patients will experience increased flare-ups, perhaps even more than average if flu comes roaring back, as many expect.

Anyway, bottom line is that people with COPD and people with asthma (as well as vulnerable older people and those with immune deficiencies) should – as much as possible- continue to employ those protective measures even when the pandemic wanes, as it will.