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What should you know about COVID-19 if you suffer from chronic respiratory disease?

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.

General facts we know so far about the coronavirus

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 is not a novelty, there are many of its kind, most of which pose no serious risks. The one we are currently dealing with is SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease known as COVID-19
  • The common symptoms that signal someone has been infected with this virus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In the early stage, the symptoms are those of the typical flu.
  • The disease may progress differently from patient to patient; some feel the symptoms after a few days, others after 2 weeks.
  • The cause of the virus infection is yet unknown; according to most opinions, it started in animals before reaching people.
  • Viral transmission leads to the spread of the virus. It usually occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes and another person who is in close proximity gets contaminated by the droplets eliminated by the one who carries the virus.
  • The coronavirus is also present on surfaces, therefore, touching an object where the virus lies and then touching your face can cause infection.

COVID-19 and patients with chronic respiratory diseases

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.

Patients with respiratory conditions may be eligible for compensation

Are you a former industrial worker or a veteran who is struggling with respiratory disease as a consequence of exposure to asbestos? If so, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm immediately and our attorneys will help you file a claim with asbestos trust funds and the VA to recover the compensation you deserve. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing asbestos exposure cases, our attorneys specialize in this area of practice and will thoroughly review your situation. While the legal process is very complex, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to send your lawyer your employment or military records and your medical records to be used as evidence of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis. It is important to take legal action as soon as possible, as asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in the majority of states.