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COVID-19 & Asthma 'RESCUE pack'
Posted on 24 Mar 2020
COVID-19 & Asthma 'RESCUE pack '
The decision to use rescue packs is only made after careful evaluation for people with severe (brittle) asthma or severe COPD who are under follow up by a specialist respiratory team.
Oral steroids are powerful systemic drugs that can have an immunosuppressant effect (thus potentially increase the severity of an infection) and thus the decision to use them would rarely be delegated to a patient without careful evaluation, normally for one who is under specialist respiratory team care.
Please do not contact your surgeries asking for ‘rescue packs’ unless this is something that has been previously agreed with your medical team and careful instruction how to use and when has been provided. That would normally still involve discussion with the medical team where possible before starting.
Asthma UK do not recommend use of rescue packs as a blanket policy for people with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.