People with asthma need to be extra diligent about steering clear of people with the H1N1 flu virus. I found this information on the Columbus Dispatch.com’s Science and Environmental Blog and thought it worthy of sharing. Be extra careful and practice social distancing – keeping at least 6 feet between you and others – as much as possible. You should also avoid large gatherings of people and stay home if you are sick.
Scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say asthma is the most common underlying condition associated with severe cases of H1N1.
The CDC performed an analysis in 10 states of people hospitalized with H1N1.
In children, other much rarer chronic conditions, such as sickle-cell anemia, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, are also predisposing patients to life-threatening bouts of the virus, federal health officials said.
The CDC studied the experience of about 1,400 people older than 18, and 500 children, who had been hospitalized in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Tennessee.
Among the hospitalized adults, 26 percent had asthma; 10 percent had diabetes; 8 percent had a chronic lung disease such as emphysema; 7.6 percent were immuno-suppressed from cancer, HIV infection or other ailment; and 6.1 percent were pregnant. (Heart disease was also common, although CDC officials couldn’t immediately say what fraction of patients had it.)