India in a way is one of the Asthma capitals of the the world. It contributes to 11.1% to the global Asthma patients. According to a report by the World Health Organization, around 235 million people around the world were found to be asthmatics, of which 15-20 million were from India. Today is World Asthma Day, and it is important to know that respiratory infection is the key reason for your asthma exacerbation. For patients at risk of asthma, or with existing asthma, viral respiratory tract infections can have a profound effect on the expression of disease or loss of control.
Masks Help Cut Asthma Risk & Related Allergies
Accordingly to a study, the widespread use of face masks outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a 65 percent reduction in serious asthma cases worldwide. As per experts and researchers, face masks in a way have also helped decrease the spread of viruses such as the flu in last one year. By wearing masks, people are also less likely to suffer from seasonal allergies, as face coverings prevent pollen from flowers, trees, and grass from coming into contact with the nose and mouth.
But does that mean that mask is the solution to your asthma? Certainly not as a sudden stress or anxiety can trigger asthma attack and at times, this can prove fatal. Make sure to stay indoors and consult your doctor if you experience discomfort or breathlessness. Don’t fear that this could be Covid but your mild asthma might have gone severe.