COVID-19 Statement & Resources

GAAPP Statement- COVID-19

COVID-19, also called the coronavirus, is spreading in the world and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic. For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the coronavirus is considered low, but as the outbreak expands, the risk will increase, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & world health authorities.

People with asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases are at greater risk for complications – such as life-threatening pneumonia or bronchitis – if they are diagnosed with this novel strain of coronavirus. Over 600 million people in the world live with respiratory disease & more than 10,000 people die daily from these chronic conditions; therefore, prevention is vital.

As you continue to support your patients in-person or via telehealth systems, we can help. Our educational resources (available in English and Spanish) are available to patients and families living with allergies, asthma and related conditions on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and manage their conditions.

 

Resources on COVID-19 from Around the World

 

U.S. Based Sources:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

NIH (National Center for Advancing Transitional Sciences)

AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology)

Allergy & Asthma Network

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

COPD Foundation

World-Wide Sources:

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center

  WHO (World Health Organization)

ELF (European Lung Foundation)

ERS (European Respiratory Society)

Robert Koch Institute (in German)

GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma)

World-Wide GAAPP Member Organization Resources:

Fundaler, Argentina

 National Asthma Council Australia

Lung Union, Austria

 Asthma Canada

Chronic Day By Day, Brazil

 The Asthma Society of Ireland

Respiriamo Insieme, Italy

Norway Allergy and Asthma Association

Allergy and Me, Serbia

Lovexair, Spain

Astma- och Allergiförbundet, Sweden

Allergy & Immunology Awareness Program- Qatar (AIAP)

Allergy UK

Asthma UK

Society of Asthma and Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Vietnam