If you have moderate to severe asthma, you are potentially at a higher risk of becoming extremely ill from COVID-19. Coronavirus can affect your nose, throat, and lungs, which can trigger an asthma attack. These effects of COVID-19 can also lead an asthma patient to develop pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.
Asthma attack versus COVID-19
Indications of an asthma flare-up are dry coughs and shortness of breath that may be accompanied by wheezing due to constricting and/or inflamed airways (lungs). However, symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Loss of taste and smell
- Muscle aches
When you use your rescue inhaler, asthma symptoms should clear up as it’s controlled. However, with COVID-19 your symptoms will not completely resolve as they would for asthma.
If you believe you may have COVID-19, visit one of the conveniently located UofL Health — Urgent Care Plus locations to receive a rapid test for COVID-19. Our locations can also provide asthma services.
UofL Health — Urgent Care Plus locations
908 Dupont Road
Louisville, KY 40207
2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard
Located on the first floor of UofL Health – Medical Center Northeast
Louisville, KY 40245
1707 Cedar Grove Road, Suite 10
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
9409 Shelbyville Road, Suite 104
Louisville, KY 40222
2746 Virginia Ave.
Louisville, KY 40211