By Treven Pyles
Posted on March 19th, 2020
The novel coronavirus has already spread worldwide leading to tens of thousands of infected people and fatalities. While we might yet be far from getting a cure for this virus, it is imperative to prevent its further expansion. The joint effort of authorities and individuals will hopefully manage to curb the spread.
However, some people represent risk categories and should be extra-cautious. These are people who suffer from chronic respiratory disease. Here is what you should know if you belong to this group.
As the coronavirus is spreading across the globe, specialists are yet in the early days of studying it. However, up to date, these are some of the essential facts we know about the novel coronavirus.
The coronavirus can cause severe respiratory tract infections. It can be fatal due to complications such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, and septic shock. Any part of the respiratory tract can be affected: the sinuses, the throat, the windpipe or the lungs. In some people, the virus can manifest itself like any other common flu. However, people who already have a chronic respiratory illness such as chronic bronchitis or lung cancer are at higher risk of developing complications due to the novel coronavirus. Their respiratory system is already weakened by the illness and the ongoing treatments that might overwhelm the body even more.
Given the fact that this virus has already caused fatalities, it is essential for patients with chronic respiratory diseases to be more cautious and try to avoid any unnecessary risks of catching the virus.
Are you a veteran or an industrial worker who has been diagnosed with a respiratory condition due to environmental exposure to toxic factors such as PFOA, AFFF or aqueous film-forming foam, or asbestos? Then, you should take precautions and prevent exposure to the coronavirus by avoiding contact with people who have tested positive and crowded places.
Focusing on your health is the main priority in this critical period. However, claiming your legal rights is also important. If your chronic respiratory illness was caused by occupational exposure during your military service or by working for a manufacturer that used toxic substances, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call our team to provide us more details, so that we can help you understand if you have a potential claim.