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‘As a severe asthma sufferer I was used to being cooped up, but then Covid hit and things got a lot worse’

Co Laois student Rebecca Houlihan has such a severe form of the respiratory illness that she’s barely left the house since the pandemic began. During this Asthma Awareness Week, she tells us about the things she has missed out on, her new treatment plan and why she is staying optimistic for the future

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Rebecca Houlihan is hoping to educate people on the effects of asthma. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Rebecca Houlihan is hoping to educate people on the effects of asthma. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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Rebecca's asthma became much more severe when she was 17

Rebecca's asthma became much more severe when she was 17

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rebecca houlihan

Asthma Society of Ireland CEO Sarah O’Connor

Asthma Society of Ireland CEO Sarah O’Connor

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Rebecca Houlihan is hoping to educate people on the effects of asthma. Photo: Gerry Mooney

If you think the past year of lockdowns has been tough, for asthma sufferers like 20-year-old Rebecca Houlihan, who has a severe form of the condition, Covid-19 has been like living her own pandemic within a pandemic. The student from Portarlington, Co Laois, was studying social studies before Covid hit. But as news of a pandemic sweeping China reached this country, her doctor advised her to stay home even before the schools closed due to the severity of her condition.

Rebecca’s asthma is so severe that even something like coughing can trigger an attack resulting in her ending up in ICU. And while we’ve all lived with the restrictions lockdown has brought to our lives, Rebecca wants to let people know that Covid-19 has been doubly worrying for asthma sufferers.


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