Allergy Awareness Week 2020
ALLERGY UK FOCUSES ON HELPING PEOPLE LIVING WITH ALLERGIC ASTHMA AND HAY FEVER IN THE CORONAVRIUS CRISIS
In this year’s Allergy Awareness Week (20 – 26 April) Allergy UK will place a focus on providing help and support to address the particular fears and concerns of people living with allergic conditions in this time of coronavirus (COVID 19).
The charity is receiving calls to its Helpline from people with conditions such as asthma and hay fever who are anxious about managing and understanding the symptoms of these conditions, some of which can be similar to those of coronavirus. There are also concerns about access to and the use of the medications that people need to manage their symptoms which are exacerbated by high pollen counts at the start of the main hay fever season in the UK.
Says Amena Warner, the charity’s Head of Clinical Services: “Living with an allergy can be challenging at the best of times. At this time of coronavirus people living with allergic conditions feel even more vulnerable and may be anxious about distinguishing their allergy symptoms from those of coronavirus. This is a very worrying time for our community and as a patient charity we are committed to providing the information and support that they need to help answer their questions and provide some reassurance. 80% of asthma is triggered by allergy, and asthma is acknowledged as an underlying condition in this current crisis. For anyone living with asthma and hay fever these are worrying times and with the NHS under immense pressure and clinics closed, these people are increasingly turning to us for help and reassurance.”
During Allergy Awareness Week the Allergy UK website will devote an area to information and guidance to help and support those living with allergic conditions in this time of coronavirus. The charity’s Helpline (01322 619898) and webchat service will also be geared up to provide help and support, backed by the charity’s clinical experts.
Says Amena Warner: “As a charity we are guided by the needs of our community and it has become quite clear just how anxious people living with allergy are feeling at this time. Our dedicated resources will, we hope, help to relieve some of that anxiety”.