Does Concurrent Existence of Asthma or COPD Affect Susceptibility & Outcomes to Novel Coronavirus Infections?

Akash Srinivasan, Indranil Chakravorty, Koottalai Srinivasan
2020 The Physician  
The SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 pandemic across the world has highlighted the risk of human-to-human transmission, the speed of spread in a globally mobile population and the need for health services to be flexible in their responses to hitherto unknown challenges. One of the hallmarks of COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome presenting with widespread viral pneumonitis and respiratory failure. It is therefore not unusual for patients with chronic lung diseases such as asthma,
more » ... such as asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis to be concerned regarding their particular vulnerability. As healthcare professionals responsible for the care of such patients, it is important to understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus impacts the respiratory system and the outcomes for patients with chronic lung disease. This review examines the evidence and offers sensible guidance until more is known.
doi:10.38192/ fatcat:uhtfzkewtrbd5hvqfbcfvjwq5i