Allergists assure that children with allergies or asthma are not at increased risk of Covid-19

The Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC) ensures that there is no evidence that the children suffering from allergic diseases and asthma have a higher risk of getting the new coronavirus. «Children who suffer from these diseases must follow the same precautions as the rest to avoid catching coronavirus. In fact, carrying out the 3M rule significantly reduces the risk of infection: Mask, Clean hands with hydroalcoholic solution/soap and Maintain social distance “, explains Dr. Carmelo Escudero Díez, president of the Society’s Child Allergy Committee Spanish of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC).

Despite the fact that minors with asthma should not carry out special guidelines to avoid contagion by coronavirus, experts emphasize that it is necessary for both patients and their families to strictly follow the usual indications of the treatment prescribed by the allergist to prevent loss of control of asthma and exacerbations. «In the case of children with asthma, it is recommended to give the flu vaccine when the vaccination campaign begins and the rigorous administration of the control or basic treatment – for example, inhaled corticosteroids, immunotherapy, biological treatments … – if this has been indicated by your doctor “, the expert emphasizes.

Likewise, allergists insist there is no scientific evidence that allergy treatments increase susceptibility to the SARS-CoV-2 virus or the severity of Covid-19 disease. «Patients with allergic asthma, rhinitis or other allergic conditions should follow the usual treatment guidelines, without restricting the use of any specific medication. Proper treatment of these diseases could avoid unnecessary visits to the doctor and, therefore, reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, “says Dr. Escudero Díez.

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