According to Dr. Jason K. Lee of the Toronto Allergy and Asthma Clinic, allergy sufferers are “more likely” to be more potent COVID-19 spreaders. The only sure way to tell the difference is to get tested, which will help you avoid infecting others. If you are sick, the Public Health Agency of Canada advises you to stay at home and avoid contact with others.
Asthma, according to the CDC, may put people at risk for more severe COVID outcomes. Since November 2013, the coronavirus pandemic has killed over 1,200 people in Canada and infected over 150,000 more in the United States. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the number of cases is expected to rise further, with over 100,000 cases reported in Canada in the first 12 months of the pandemic.
In the last year, the virus has spread to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It has now been identified in at least 20 countries, with the number of infected Canadians expected to reach 1,100,000 within the next six months.
Allergy sufferers may face additional challenges as a result of global warming. Seasonal pollen counts are increasing as growing seasons lengthen, according to Lee. Tree and grass allergies, he believes, may have a double whammy effect.