Fast Five Quiz: Severe Asthma Management

Praveen Buddiga, MD

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July 07, 2021

The management of severe asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging and may continue to be for some time. While evidence about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, available data suggest that biologics for severe asthma do not seem to increase the risk for infection and severe COVID-19.

According to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis about asthma and COVID-19, the prevalence of asthma among patients with COVID-19 is similar to the global prevalence of asthma. The overall findings indicate that people with asthma may in fact have a lower risk than those without asthma for acquiring COVID-19 infection and have similar clinical outcomes.

Emerging data suggest that inhaled corticosteroids may be associated with a protective effect against severe COVID-19 infection. One recent study found that use of inhaled corticosteroids was lower in patients who required hospitalization due to COVID-19, as compared with nonhospitalized patients. Similarly, although asthmatic patients treated with biologics showed increased severity and more comorbidities at the ear, nose, and throat level, COVID-19–related hospitalizations in these patients were comparatively low.

Learn more about COVID-19 infection and asthma.

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