Asthma patients breathe easy! People with the respiratory condition may be at reduced risk of COVID-19  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- People with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma have been placed in the high-risk category for COVID-19 contraction and complications
- Researchers have however recently found that asthmatics may not be at a high risk of COVID-19
- However, they admitted that more research was required into the matter, and people should continue to follow all prevention guidelines
New Delhi: Based on various research works and findings, experts and medical professionals have concluded that people who have existing health conditions, and those who are above 60 years of age, could be at a higher risk of contracting, and developing complications due to COVID-19. Various conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD, etc were talked about largely, and people who had these conditions were asked to be extra careful. Since COVID-19 affects the lungs primarily, those who had any respiratory issues, such as people with asthma or bronchitis, or even smokers were also put in the high-risk category.
However, asthmatic patients can now take a sigh of relief, because researchers suggest that they may not be at an increased risk of COVID-19, as previously thought.
Study finds lower Covid-19 susceptibility in patients with preexisting asthma
According to a recent study, people with pre-exisiting asthma may be at a reduced risk of COVID-19. The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “We observed lower Covid-19 susceptibility in patients with preexisting asthma,” the researchers wrote.
However, they admitted that more research was required in the matter.
“All health maintenance organisation enrollees who had been tested for Covid-19 from February to June 2020 were included,” the study read.
For the study, researchers tested about 37,469 people for COVID-19. 2,266 of them, tested positive. It was found that the number of asthma patients was more in the COVID-19 negative group than in the positive group.
“Asthma was found in 153 [6.75 per cent] subjects of the Covid-19-positive group and in 3388 [9.62 per cent] subjects of the Covid-19-negative group,” the study said.
Researchers did admit the possibility that asthmatics, knowing they were at higher risk, took more precautions against contracting it and hence did not test positive for the virus.
The study also revealed that “a significantly higher proportion of smokers was observed in the Covid-19-negative group than in the Covid-19-positive group [4734 (13.45 per cent) vs 103 (4.55 per cent). Smoking is negatively associated with a likelihood of Covid-19 infection.”
Given that there still exists a lot of mystery when it comes to the COVID-19 disease and the virus that causes it, people should follow all precautionary measures to prevent and keep the risk of disease at bay.