The impact of the first COVID-19 surge on Severe Asthma Patients in the UK. Which is worse: The virus or the lockdown?

Steven J Smith, John Busby, Liam G Heaney, Paul E Pfeffer, David J Jackson, Freda Yang, Stephen J Fowler, Andrew Menzies-Gow, Elfatih Idris, Thomas Brown, Robin Gore, Shoaib Faruqi, Paddy Dennison, James W Dodd, Simon Doe, Adel H Mansur, Radhika Priyadarshi, Joshua Holmes, Andrew Hearn, Hamsa Al-AqqadLola Loewenthal, Angela Cooper, Lauren Fox, Mayurun Selvan, Michael G Crooks, Alison Thompson, Daniel Higbee, Michelle Fawdon, Vishal Nathwani, LeanneJo Holmes, Rekha Chaudhuri

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Abstract

Respiratory viral infections are a significant cause of morbidity in asthma [1]. Patients with severe asthma were assumed to be at greater risk from novel coronavirus-2 (COVID-19) infection. In the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple countries enacted social containment policies. In the UK a countrywide lockdown occurred in March 2020, with stringent self-isolation (“shielding”) advice for high-risk patients, including people with severe asthma.
Original languageEnglish
JournalERJ Open Research
Early online date19 Nov 2020
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Publication statusEarly online date - 19 Nov 2020

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