This FAQ page is designed to help clarify and provide accurate information regarding asthma and allergies. We will continue to update this list as new information becomes available.
Should I be concerned about using my inhaled and/or intranasal corticosteroids during the pandemic?
The ACAAI states it is important to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms well controlled. There is no data that continuing these medications will have any effect on increasing your risk of getting the COVID-19 infection or if you get the infection, lead to a worse outcome.
Can COVID-19 be spread through nebulized therapies?
Recent data states COVID-19 can persist in droplets in the air 1-2 hours after nebulized therapies. It is recommended that patients minimize use of these therapies if possible–if nebulized therapies are necessary it is recommended to administer in a location that minimizes exposure to other household members. Please see more information here.
If I have underlying inflammation, such as an allergic condition, will I experience a cytokine storm if I become ill with COVID-19?
There is no evidence to suggest their allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, food allergies, history of anaphylaxis, etc., places them at risk for severe outcomes should they become sick with COVID-19.
I read online that some treatments for COVID-19 include essential oils, supplements, colloidal silver, Vitamin C, elderberry, and chiropractic adjustments–is this true?
These are false medical claims that are often spread through social media. When reading information on COVID-19 please consider the qualifications of the person making the claim, what evidence they have behind their claim, and if the person making the claim is directly profiting from the services/products.
I am seeing and receiving ads for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) online, what should I do?
Be very careful about these ads. Some may be legitimate, but some may be scams that will either charge at exorbitant costs or take your money and not provide the goods.
There is a lot of information circulating the internet about COVID-19, what are some of the most common conspiracy theories that I should know about?
Some top conspiracy theories about the virus include: COVID-19 being a media hoax or a political party hoax, doctors lying about sick patients, and 5G radio waves causing the pandemic. Please see more information on rumor control here.
What is hydroxychloroquine and does it cure COVID-19?
Hydroxychloroquine is a medication prescribed for certain autoimmune and skin conditions.
This drug has shown promise in certain lab studies on inhibiting the growth of the COVID-19 virus, but this has NOT been investigated or confirmed in randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trials.
Uncontrolled trials using this this drug in patients with severe COVID-19 infection have been small, uncontrolled, and methodologically flawed.
Use or hoarding of this drug causes shortages for proven treatment for patients with autoimmune disease. Read more here.
What does the CDC recommend for reopening schools?
There are many recommendations from the CDC in regards to a safe and healthy learning environment. Some of these recommendations include: encouraging staff and students to stay home when ill, teaching and reinforcing hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes with a tissue, wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and discouraging the sharing of items. Please see this article from the CDC for more detailed information.
Is it OK to send my child back to school?
The decision to send your child back to school is a personal decision. You must take into consideration the policies put in place by your school district, your child’s health history, your own families’ medical history, and whether you believe your child can remain in accord with the CDC rules noted above.
Should my child wear a mask?
Yes, your child should wear a mask. The mask should cover both the mouth and nose. Please see more information from the CDC on the importance of mask wearing.
What if my child is at a higher risk because they have asthma?
In patients with well-controlled asthma, considerations for going back to school are the same as noted above. Data on rates of infection, severity of infection, rates of hospitalization, and rates of asthma exacerbation have been conflicting. See here for further information.