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'Developing Covid-19 could be a death sentence for me' - how people with asthma are taking extra precautions

The 380,000 people in Ireland with asthma are vulnerable to severe illness from the coronavirus, and in Asthma Awareness Week, experts are urging anyone with the condition to take extra precautions, writes Arlene Harris

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Many people with asthma are not using their inhalers correctly — this could cause acute attacks, says Dr Marcus Butler, medical director of the Asthma Society

Many people with asthma are not using their inhalers correctly — this could cause acute attacks, says Dr Marcus Butler, medical director of the Asthma Society

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Brian Harvey

Over 380,000 people in Ireland have suffered with asthma in the past 12 months - that means almost 8pc of the population have had difficulty breathing and needed assistance or medication to relieve their symptoms.

This week is Asthma Awareness Week, an annual event where the Asthma Society of Ireland aims to highlight the tell-tale signs of the condition, educate people on how to manage their asthma correctly, make the public aware of what it is like to have asthma and raise much-needed funds for the society.

But this year the society is even more concerned about getting the message across as people with asthma are considered more at risk if they contract Covid-19, so it is of the utmost importance that they are effectively managing their condition.