In the UK, there are 5.4 million people who are currently receiving treatment for asthma. 1.1 million are children, and 4.3 million are adults. I am one of those adults, following a diagnosis at the age of 27.
Asthma doesn’t always affect day to day life, but since COVID-19 and Coronavirus, things has changed for many sufferers.
So the issue of wearing a face mask or covering ….. For many asthmatics, this is a REAL issue, which is causing great angst!
Asthma UK states that “for some people with asthma, wearing a face covering might not be easy. It could make it feel harder to breathe. The UK government has advised that people with respiratory conditions don’t need to wear face coverings, so if you are finding it hard, then don’t wear one”.
Transport for London has stated that “In line with Government rules, face coverings must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the public transport network”
So this is quite confusing!
However, there are exemptions:
A person will have a reasonable excuse and will not be required to wear a face covering in the following circumstances:
Where a person cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010), or without severe distress.
Severe asthma counts as a disability, and is covered by The Equality Act 2010.
So TFL have an exemption card which can be downloaded and printed from their website. I would suggest carrying this, or wearing on a lanyard around your neck.
Inhalers should always be carried!
Medical bands can also be purchased relatively cheaply online. I would suggest wearing one of these too.
Another suggestion is to wear a full face shield. This is an option which could suit many sufferers. Maybe its worth a try?
I guess it’s about making the right choice for you!