COVID-19 & Allergies Resources Hub

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in Asthma, Celiac, Food Allergy
Published: March 26, 2020
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For millions across North America and around the world, the Coronavirus has been unnerving and life-altering. Those with asthma, food allergies and environmental allergies have special and specific concerns in these challenging times. Following is a list of resources to address those directly. Updated May 5, 2020.

Allergic Living’s Asthma & Allergy Resources

Free COVID-19 & Allergies Digital Magazine
Allergic Living brings you the definitive resource on COVID-19 and food allergies and asthma.

Coronavirus & Asthma: How to Cut Risks and Keep Control
What exactly are the coronavirus risks with asthma, and what can you do minimize them? Plus, what if a family member with asthma gets COVID-19?

Survey of Allergy-Friendly Food Makers in Coronavirus Crisis
Amid the Coronavirus, allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods are selling fast. In some stores, they’re even selling out. Allergic Living surveys 11 key brands for a sense of the food supply. The good news: these brands have smart suggestions for where to locate products, and they’re working overtime to replenish stock. ⁣⁣

COVID-19 and Albuterol Shortage: 6 Strategies for Asthma Patients
There is a shortage of albuterol inhalers in the U.S., due to COVID-19. Two experts offer helpful strategies to help asthma patients cope at this time.

Asthma Patient Alert: Shortage of Albuterol Announced
During the COVID-19 crisis, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology announces a growing shortage of albuterol reliever inhalers.

My Story: What It Felt Like to Have COVID-19 and Asthma
“In a mere three days, the virus took hold, with fever and difficulty breathing. As someone with asthma, the specter of hospitalization hung over each hour,” writes Morgan Smith.

Experts Revise Anaphyhlaxis Emergency Care Plan for COVID-19
Experts offer allergists a revised emergency anaphylaxis care plan for their patients at a time of reluctance to go to the emergency department. Their plan has guidance for at-home treatment and monitoring, with important exceptions for higher risk situations.

Allergy Shopping, Cooking Tips for Coronavirus Times
With the coronavirus and food harder to find, the food allergy family feels under siege. Not to worry: contributor Caroline Moassessi has shopping and cooking tips to get you through.

Podcast: How Food Allergy Families Can Manage COVID-19 Stresses
Jen Jobrack interviews family counselor Tamara Hubbard, who has great advice on how to “challenge worry thoughts” about the food supply or access to your allergist. Ms. Hubbard speaks about replacing anxiety with resolve and readiness. This podcast will have you saying: “I can do this, we will get through this.” 

Empty Shelves: How Food Allergy Families are Coping with COVID-19
The run on grocery staples with the coronavirus is especially tough for food allergy and celiac families who already faced limited food choice. Allergic Living checks in on how these families are faring, from their most urgent needs to their worries and workarounds.

How Allergists Are Treating Patients During COVID-19
Many allergists have closed their offices or are limiting appointments and adapting to telehealth during the pandemic. What does this mean for treatments such as #allergy shots? What happens if you suspect your child’s developing a food allergy? What about OIT protocols and oral food challenges? We investigate.

Other COVID-19 Resources

AAFA Article has avoidance measures, more on symptom differences.
FARE Expert Blog: Coronavirus, Food Allergies and Mental Health
AAAAI Expert Panel’s Contingency Guidelines for allergy practices.
CDC Guidelines on protecting yourself.
Pandemic Pondering: A blog from immunologist Dr. James R. Baker
Gratefulfoodie’s Resource Hub – informative links for food allergy and asthma families.