Child Asthmatics and COVID-19

June 3, 2020

photo of woman kissing a childParents of children with asthma may have concerns about how COVID-19 could affect their child.
Children with asthma tend to have more severe symptoms from respiratory diseases like the flu. However, there are no indications that this is always the case for COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 only develop mild, cold-like symptoms.

The best way to protect your family against COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus. Stay away from people who are ill and at least six feet away from people in general. This physical distancing can be difficult in crowds, so avoiding crowds when possible is also encouraged.

If your child becomes ill, stay home and observe him or her carefully. Parents or caretakers should immediately contact urgent or emergency medical care if they notice these warning signs in a child:
Difficulty breathing or catching his or her breath
Inability to keep down any liquids
New confusion or inability to awaken
Bluish lips

For more information about children and coronavirus, visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

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