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No Excuses - Why Masks Are Critical for Allergy and Asthma Patients

Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Mounting evidence supports the value of wearing a face covering to help slow the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology provides key information in this printable document. It outlines the importance of wearing face mask, dispels a few mask myths, offers options for people who are having trouble wearing one, and lists additional benefits allergy and asthma patients might get from a face covering. Click here to view or print the PDF: (English or Spanish)

Important COVID-19 Information

  • Anywhere from 10 to 30% of people who have the virus may not have symptoms and can still spread to others.
  • People with allergies and asthma are more likely to have symptoms that can cause the production of droplets, the primary aerosol carrier of COVID-19.
  • There is no credible scientific basis that masks cause an increase in bacterial/fungal infections or higher levels of carbon dioxide in the mask.
  • If you are having trouble breathing when you wear a mask, you may need an adjustment to your treatment plan. Consult with your AA&A provider to discuss options.

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