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5 Steps for Asthma & COPD Sufferers to Prepare for Coronavirus

I have asthma and get frequent bouts of Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis, a form of COPD.  I am not a doctor, but the following steps are what my doctors (Primary Physician, Allergist, and Pulmonologist) suggest, to prepare my lungs to fight Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis each year. Since Coronavirus drastically affects the lungs, I am continuing this regimen, to maintain strength in my lungs, in case I am exposed to the Coronavirus.

  1. Inhalers

Prepare your lungs with inhalers (which will require a prescription from your doctor):

2 puffs a.m. and 2 puffs p.m. of a daily inhaler (Symbicort)

1 puff of a special inhaler at night (Spiriva)

Have your rescue inhaler and albuterol vials on hand, if you use a nebulizer at home, as well as Montelukast and allergy/cold medication.

Use an Aerochamber device to deliver the meds into your lungs.  Doctors say that the Aerochamber used for delivery is more effective than using just an inhaler alone.

  1. Food

Eat healthy foods (vegetables, fruits, protein, dairy, and healthy carbs).  A low-fat diet has been said to boost immunities, as well as eating citrus fruits, greens, broccoli, yogurt, nuts, garlic and ginger.

  1. Supplements

Boost your immune systems.  Take vitamins C, D, E, Zinc, and Beta-Carotene to prepare your body to fight infection. You can even go as far as taking Probiotics, Elderberry, Cold-Eeze, Oscillococcinum, or Echinacea, which are not scientifically proven to prevent infection; but many people believe they do.

  1. Rest

Rest as much as possible, so your body is prepared to fight any infection that comes along.  Try to relax using meditation, quiet time, music, reading, or coloring.  These are stressful times, and relaxation is important, in order to maintain body strength.

  1. Preventative Measures

Take the preventative measures recommended for everyone (hand-washing, social distancing, cover a cough or sneeze, don’t touch your face).

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor; I am a patient.  Please discuss these steps with your own doctor(s) to see if they are right for you.