In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is even more important for those with respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma to monitor their health. Those in the “at-risk” group also include the 65 million people worldwide that have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). If you are living with respiratory issues, make sure that you monitor your condition carefully and take the necessary measures to improve the air quality in your home.
Assessing air quality
If you are spending extended periods at home in the coming months, then it is vital that you have good quality, clean air, as smoke and dust can exacerbate respiratory conditions. Make sure that the air filters in your home are clean and working as they should be. This includes air filters that can be found in your air conditioning unit and furnace. If these are not changed regularly, then damaging particles and allergens can be released into the air in your home. Installing an air purifier is another good way of improving air quality, they work by removing pollutants, germs and irritants. This clean air is easier for your lungs to process.
Using tracking devices
Tracking devices are a good way of managing your respiratory condition and understanding the symptoms. For instance, iSonea has brought out the Wheezometer, designed for people living with asthma. The technology measures the sound waves of a person’s breathing and then alerts them accordingly if it considers an asthma attack to be imminent. It means that emergency inhalers are only used when they are completely necessary. The information from the tech is then sent via Bluetooth to both the patient and their doctor to help them manage and understand symptoms.
Most people with respiratory conditions and COPD take medication on a regular basis to help improve their respiratory health and aid recovery. In some cases, this can have an impact on daily life. Managing your medication is essential if you are living with a respiratory condition and at this time more than any, you do not want to compromise your health by forgetting vital medication. There are numerous apps that can assist you with this including MedHelper, Dosecast and MyMeds. They also help by making you aware of any possible environmental conditions that could potentially trigger respiratory illness.
If you are in the “at-risk” group for Coronavirus, it is vital that you manage your conditions carefully. Monitoring your respiratory health can help you understand your symptoms and treat them quickly.