Asthma is absent among top COVID-19 risk factors, early data shows

Data released by New York state on the 10 most prevalent chronic health conditions in people who died from COVID-19 does not include asthma. State officials found that only approximately 5% of COVID-19 deaths were among people who were known to also have asthma.

Data released by New York state on the 10 most prevalent chronic health conditions in people who died from COVID-19 does not include asthma. State officials found that only approximately 5% of COVID-19 deaths were among people who were known to also have asthma. A recent commentary published in The Lancet by a group of European researchers noted it is "striking" that asthma seems "to be underrepresented in the comorbidities reported for patients with COVID-19." A small study of 24 critically ill patients in Washington state noted that three patients had asthma. Bushra Mina, MD, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, observes, "We're not seeing a lot of patients with asthma." He says the more common risk factors include "morbid obesity, diabetes, and chronic heart disease." Specifically, the top COVID-19 comorbidities listed by New York are hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, dementia, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal disease, cancer, and congestive heart failure. Physicians recommend that people with asthma should continue to take long-acting medications such as steroids that help control their symptoms.