This is an official statement from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ Scientific Advisory Board in regards to asthmatic children and the coronavirus outbreak
At the moment there is no community outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Children and teenagers are at lower risk than adults from coming to harm from the virus, so it is currently safe to continue normal activities such as attending school, shopping and going on public transport. This includes children or teens with conditions such as asthma and bronchiectasis. You should not isolate your child unless it is needed as the longer isolation goes on the harder it is to keep it up.
Children with lung conditions may be at higher risk if there is a community outbreak, so to protect your child it is essential your child is currently taking their preventers and doing their usual maintenance therapies. Take time to review the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation website or app for information and videos regarding best management practices, and if you still have uncertainties speak with your healthcare professional.
Your child should avoid situations or large gatherings where people may be travelling or transiting from other regions. This includes large sports events, concerts or plane travel. Keep your child home if they become unwell, ask them to cover coughs and sneezes, to stay at least 1 metre away from anyone unwell and to wash their hands frequently.
This advice may change if there is a community outbreak. Our advice is that you should monitor the Ministry of Health advice page https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Prevention: How to protect yourself and others
The Ministry of Health also has this specific advice https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-questions-and-answers
Coronavirus and the immunocompromised
People with underlying medical conditions, such as a compromised immune system, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes mellitus, need to take more precautions to protect themselves against all infections, including COVID-19.
While New Zealand currently has very few cases of COVID-19 and no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission in our communities, we recommend people take the following simple steps to protect yourself and others:
Additional measures that you and your whānau and friends can take include:
13 March, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19 and 2019-nCoV, is a viral respiratory infection that has been officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. People of all ages can be infected by coronavirus, but people who are older, immunocompromised, or with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma are more vulnerable to developing complications from the virus