Open Airways Bermuda has posted a public service announcement for residents on ‘What does Coronavirus mean for someone with Asthma’ in Bermuda.

The non-profit organisation is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of over 8,000 people in Bermuda whose lives are affected by asthma and other long-term breathing difficulties”.

In a post published this weekend, the group urges residents to note that “respiratory infections can trigger asthma symptoms, and we know people with asthma and other respiratory diseases are more likely to suffer from serious complications from the virus”.

Their main advice is to “be prepared”.

“Take your PREVENTER INHALER EVERY DAY as prescribed – Well-controlled asthma is your best defence!

“Always carry your emergency/relief inhalers with you” and “ensure you have SPARE INHALERS (in case you have to have to self-quarantine).

“REMEMBER – follow recommended guidance for preventing flu or coronavirus”, the post said:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow or tissue and dispose immediately
  • Avoid contact with people with respiratory symptoms

“If your asthma is getting worse please contact your local GP

“To help you control your asthma, please contact OPEN AIRWAYS for a FREE consultation at your home, your office of by phone or email.”

The group also noted that in Bermuda one in ten adults suffer from asthma and one in five children suffer as well. And chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD) affects a large number of people over the age of 50.

For more information, contact Tracy Nash 232-0262 or Liz Boden or visit Open Airways – Helping Bermuda Breathe at