2022-11-25 14:00:00

As COVID Restrictions Lifted, Asthma Attacks Rose

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By Health Day

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When COVID-19 restrictions lifted in the United Kingdom, the risk for severe asthma attacks doubled.

While having COVID isn't more likely to cause asthma attacks than other respiratory infections, it may have been that safety measures, such as wearing masks and reduced socializing, kept these attacks at bay, the authors of a new study suggested.

Our study was observational, so it can't prove cause-and-effect. But our findings do raise the possibility that certain elements of the public health measures introduced during the pandemic -- such as wearing face masks -- could help in reducing respiratory illnesses moving forward, study lead author Adrian Martineau said in a news release from Queen Mary University of London. He is a clinical professor of respiratory infection and immunity at the university.

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