COVID-19

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a communicable respiratory disease. It affects most those who are already vulnerable, especially people living with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD, and allergy. In the following resource page we summarise the existing targeted information for allergy, asthma and COPD. The page is updated every week. If you know about any information or opportunity worth mentioning in our page, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming resources for allergy, asthma and COPD patients:

  • Webinar-Recording: GARD webinar on chronic respiratory diseases and COVID-19 (available here)
  • Webinar-Recording: COVID-19: Potential impact on asthma patients, ERS webinar from May 5th (available here)
  • Webinar on COVID-19 and Older People: Technology and Innovation as Enablers on May 29th, 7:00-8:00am (GMT-4) (more information here)
  • ERS Overview: Coronavirus webinars - what the experts have to say (available here)
  • EMA communication: COVID-19: reminder of risk of serious side effects with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (more information here)
  • EPF open memo to the Health Industry (available here)

Patient organisations information resources and services:

Country

Disease

Information

Services

Czech Republic

Asthma and COPD

From the Czech Initiative for Asthma: https://www.cipa.cz/aktualne/astma-a-koronavirus-189

 

Germany

Allergy and asthma

From the German Allergy and Asthma Association:

General information: https://www.daab.de/blog/2020/03/corona-virus/

Allergy: https://www.daab.de/blog/2020/03/corona-und-allergien/

Asthma:

https://www.daab.de/blog/2020/03/corona-und-asthma/ https://www.daab.de/blog/2020/04/corona-asthma-das-muessen-sie-wissen/

 

Finland

Asthma

From Allergy and Asthma Association: https://www.allergia.fi/astma/astma-ja-koronavirus/

Free of charge telephone advisory and counselling services (09 4733 5520,  Mon-Tue 8-12, Wed 14-18 and Thu-Fri 8-12.

Online courses, peer support groups on Facebook, and virtual peer dating, all moderated by healthcare professionals

Finland

COPD and other lung diseases

For the Association for Respiratory Health:

https://www.hengitysliitto.fi/fi/hengityssairaudet/ajankohtaista-koronavirus

 

France

Asthma and Allergy

From Asthma and Allergy Association:

https://asthme-allergies.org/coronavirus/

 

France

Asthma, COPD and other lung conditions

From French Federation of Respiratory Patients

https://www.ffaair.org/2020/04/covid-19-se-soigner-dune-maladie-chronique-pendant-le-confinement/

 

France

Allergy

From French Association for the Prevention of Allergies: https://allergies.afpral.fr/actualites/348-covid-19-et-auto-injecteurs-d-adrenaline-modalites-de-delivrance

 

Ireland

Asthma and COPD

From Asthma Society of Ireland:

Information page: https://www.asthma.ie/covid-19-asthma-and-copd

Frequent asked questions with Dr. Butler (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxN6c1FGLi0

Asthma adviceline with a nurse: 1800 44 54 64

COPD adviceline with a nurse: 1800 83 21 46

Whatsapp asthma and COPD support service: 086 0590132

Community Call for volunteers willing to help asthma patients during COVID-19

New patient support programmes for members

Italy

Asthma and Allery

From the Italian Federation of Asthma and Allergy: https://www.federasmaeallergie.org/sitoFA/covid19/index.html

 

Norway

Allergy and Asthma

From the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association: https://www.naaf.no/subsites/informasjon-om-corona/

 

Portugal

Asthma

Portuguese Asthma Association

http://apa.org.pt/?p=2172

Updated news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APAsmaticos/

Portugal

COPD and other lung diseases

From the Portuguese Association of People with COPD and other respiratory diseases: http://www.respira.pt/#/menu/Not%C3%ADcias

 

Sweden

Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Association is part of a task force working on COVID-19 in Sweden and responding to the most Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) by citizens:

https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19/

 

Spain

Asthma, COPD and other lung diseases

Spanish Federation of Allergy and Respiratory Diseases Patients Associations:

COVID-19: https://fenaer.es/noticias/

Video series on respiratory disease and COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVU9A9_xZATOHmq8c4S4aOJiSInU5BfJ3

 

Sweden

COPD and other lung conditions

From the Swedish Heart and Lung Association: https://www.hjart-lung.se/aktuellt/nyhetsarkiv/information-kring-det-nya-coronaviruset/

 

United Kingdom

Asthma and COPD

From the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership:

Asthma: https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus/

COPD and other lung diseases: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus

Post-COVID Hub to support patients: www.post-covid.org.uk

Helpline on asthma: 0300 222 5800, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Helpline on COPD and other lung conditions: 03000 030 555, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Dedicated helpline for people experiencing breathing difficulties after having a severe case of COVID-19.

0300 222 5942, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Whatsapp chat with a respiratory specialist

United Kingdom

Allergy and asthma

From Allergy UK:

Frequent Asked Questions: https://www.allergyuk.org/get-help/resources/1225-coronavirus-and-allergy-faqs

 

 

Specific information for patients:

  • Recommendations for inhaled asthma controlled medications put together by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)
  • Guidance for people with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
  • Factsheets for people hospitalised for Covid-19 provided by the European Lung Foundation (ELF)
  • Questions and answers on Covid-19 from the respiratory patient community, a resource point by the European Lung Foundation (ELF)
  • Covid-19 resource point by the European Patients Forum
  • Report on "Reducing Covid-19 transimission through using face masks" by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • The Guardian Podcast with Dr. Andy Whittamore "Covid-19: how vulnerable are people with asthma?"

Official Covid-19 information in Europe:

Other information:

Dear Visitor,

for regularly updated information on Covid-19 for allergy and respiratory patients, please consult our Covid-19 resource and information hub.
Stay safe!
The EFA Team