COVID-19 and Asbestos-Related Illnesses – How Should You Cope?

By May 28, 2020 June 29th, 2020 Asbestos Information
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COVID-19 is at the forefront of the media right now, and it is on the minds of everyone. What is it? How do I keep myself safe? Below we will help answers some questions on what to do if you have an asbestos-related illness.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can range in severity. Some may only have mild infections, while others may need hospitalization. It is more dangerous for those that have compromised immune systems, are older, and have respiratory illnesses. People with asbestos-related illnesses fall into the at-risk category. Asbestos-related illnesses already cause trouble breathing so that COVID-19 can cause you a lot of new problems. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has tested positive, call your doctor as soon as you can. It is essential that you are monitored.

How Do I Keep Safe?

People who have an asbestos-related illness already know how important it is to keep themselves healthy and away from the cold, flu, or pneumonia. This illness is no different. It is crucial that you wear a mask in public and try to stay home. If you need help, ask a friend or family member to help you with shopping and picking up medications. The less you have to go out, the better. You should be in contact with your primary care physician and listen to any information they give you.

Limiting interactions with people in public is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. It is also important to wash your hands and keep your home disinfected at all times. If you do become ill, see your doctor immediately. Having a respiratory illness while also having asbestos-related illnesses can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you have a fever or have trouble breathing go to the hospital.

Being in isolation can have its downside, so it is important to keep busy while in your home. Keep a routine. Exercise, call friends and family, open your windows to allow the sun to come in, and stay positive.

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