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Many Young Asthma Patients Noncompliant With COVID-19 Measures

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2020 -- A substantial percentage of young patients with asthma do not comply with COVID-19 prevention measures, according to a Mexican study recently published in the Journal of Asthma.

Francisco Vázquez-Nava, Ph.D., from the University of Tamaulipas in Tampico, Mexico, and colleagues surveyed 2,372 participants (aged 16 to 24 years) to assess risk factors that limit the adherence of asthmatic patients to COVID-19 prevention measures.

The researchers found that the prevalence of asthma was 12.2 percent and nonadherence to COVID-19 prevention guidelines was 53.1 percent. Even among patients with asthma, approximately 30.8 percent did not comply with the basic prevention measures for COVID-19. Being male, active smoking, and believing that COVID-19 is not a more severe disease for people suffering from asthma than others were associated with nonadherence to COVID-19 prevention measures.

"It is important for health professionals to advise asthma patients to comply with the basic measures of protection against COVID-19 and timely use of medications for asthma control," the authors write.

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Posted: December 2020

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