Colds, flu and viruses

Colds, flu and viral infections (such as rhinovirus) are the most common triggers for asthma flare-ups. They can be more serious for you than for people without asthma, even if your asthma is mild or well controlled.  

You may take longer to recover from a viral infection or develop other complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis.  

As you know, avoiding these viruses is hard. But you can reduce your risk of catching viral infections or the common cold or flu by following these tips: 

  • Wash your hands before you eat or touch your face, eyes or nose.  
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.  
  • Avoid crowded spaces where possible. 
  • Have the flu vaccination every year.  
  • Keep a physical distance from others who have colds. 

You can find more information about COVID and asthma on our COVID Hub


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