Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Asthma Doesn't Trigger Covid-19 Severity: Scientists

Asthma Doesn’t Trigger Covid-19 Severity: Scientists

Scientists rule out asthma as a trigger for Covid-19 severity

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting Covid-19 or affect its severity, according to new research.

The team from Rutgers University in the US found that people with asthma – even those with diminished lung function who are being treated to manage asthmatic inflammation – seem to be no worse affected by SARS-CoV-2 than a non-asthmatic person.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

“Older age and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and obesity are reported risk factors for the development and progression of COVID-19,” said Reynold A. Panettieri Jr, a pulmonary critical care physician and director of the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science.

Scientists rule out asthma as trigger for Covid-19 severity
Steroids may decrease the body’s immune response and worsen the inflammatory response. (Representational Image). Pixabay

However, asthma is not yet proven as one such risk factor.

“There is limited data as to why this is the case — if it is physiological or a result of the treatment to manage the inflammation,” said Panettieri Jr in a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Inhaled corticosteroids, which are commonly used to protect against asthma attacks, also may reduce the virus’ ability to establish an infection.

However, studies have shown that steroids may decrease the body’s immune response and worsen the inflammatory response.

Children and young adults with asthma suffer mainly from allergic inflammation, while older adults who experience the same type of airway inflammation can also suffer from eosinophilic asthma — a more severe form.

In these cases, people experience abnormally high levels of a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infection, which can cause inflammation in the airways, sinuses, nasal passages and lower respiratory tract, potentially making them more at risk for a serious case of COVID-19.

Scientists rule out asthma as trigger for Covid-19 severity
Older people with asthma who also have high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease may have similar instances of Covid-19 as non-asthmatics with those conditions. Pixabay

In addition, an enzyme attached to the cell membranes in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidney and intestines that has been shown to be an entry point for SARS-CoV-2 into cells is increased in response to the virus.

Also Read: Children Raised with Pet Dogs to Have Better Social-Emotional Skills

“This enzyme is also thought to be beneficial in clearing other respiratory viruses, especially in children. How this enzyme affects the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect people with asthma is still unclear,” said the study.

However, older people with asthma who also have high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease may have similar instances of Covid-19 as non-asthmatics with those conditions, the researchers stressed.

Future studies should address whether inhaled steroids in patients with asthma or allergies increase or decrease the risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and whether these effects are different depending on the steroid type. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

18,960FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,782FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Vaani Kapoor Would Love to do a Biopic on Kalpana Chawla

Actress Vaani Kapoor would love to do a biopic and says it would be an absolute honour for her to play astronaut Kalpana Chawala...

Sonali Bendre: Lockdown Has Given Me No Alternative But to Become Tech Savvy

Actress Sonali Bendre Behl says the lockdown has given her no alternative but to become tech savvy. She adds that is happy to learn...

Sonu Sood: The Real Life Hero

By Venkatachari Jagannathan Sonu Sood, for the Tamil movie viewers, has until now been the actor who played the villain in "Kallazhagar" and several others....

Shoppers can Follow These Tips to Spend Worry Free Days at Malls

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe Malls are open and as the footfall starts to pick up, the only one who can ensure your safety on a...

Bacterial Infections May Elevate Risk of Heart Disease in Individuals With Diabetes

Researchers have found that bacterial infections may elevate the risk of coronary heart disease in individuals with type 1 diabetes. For the findings, published in...

Tips to Help you Combat Oral Health Issues

By Puja Gupta Foul breath can be a very embarrassing, putting one in an uncomfortable position. With a little bit of care, this common condition...

WhatsApp Launches ‘Search the Web’ Option to Cross-Check Forwarded Messages

WhatsApp has launched a new 'Search the Web' option that will enable users to check information shared to them via a forwarded message. The 'Search...

Early Blood Test Can Detect Baby Brain Damage Just Hours After Birth

Researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found that an early blood test could detect which babies deprived of oxygen at birth are at...

Recent Comments