This information has been reviewed and approved by Ronina Covar, MD (August 2021).
Back to school usually means the return of germ swapping and a dramatic increase in serious asthma attacks known as the September Epidemic. In 2020, there were fewer asthma hospitalizations and less children affected by seasonal viruses during remote learning. As students return to the classroom in 2021, keep using COVID-19 prevention tips to avoid catching viral infections and to keep your family healthy.
Percentage of asthma attacks that are caused by viral infections:
80% in children
50% in adults
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