Back2School Checklist for asthmatic pupils’ launch

Campaign highlights ‘September Asthma Peak’ as one of the riskiest times for asthmatics, especially children

The Asthma Society of Ireland has launched its Back2School Checklist as part of its Life Alongside Covid-19 campaign.

The Society highlights the ‘September Asthma Peak’ as always one of the riskiest times of the year for people with asthma, especially children. The Society’s Back2School Checklist is to help support children returning to education, and their parents, by providing them with the necessary information on staying safe in school in a world where Covid-19 is ever present.

“Our services have experienced a high demand of calls relating to the reopening of schools,” said Emily Blennerhassett, interim CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland. “One in 10 calls to our Asthma and COPD Adviceline are directly related to returning to school during Covid-19.

“Parents are concerned for their children with asthma, teachers with chronic respiratory conditions are worried about returning to the classroom, and young people themselves are anxious about how they are going to cope in a school environment with their condition.”

People with asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who have concerns about the reopening of schools and asthma management, in light of Covid-19, can send a WhatsApp message to 086 059 0132 to start a conversation with an asthma and COPD nurse specialist, states the Society.

The Back2School Checklist is designed to support parents who are concerned about their children returning to school.

Blennerhassett continued: “College too can be a difficult time for young people with asthma. For many who are starting college, they will oversee managing their condition for the first time. We want to reach out and ensure they understand their asthma and can care for themselves.

“We would love to visit schools and colleges to give them an opportunity to speak to a nurse directly about their asthma management. However, due to Covid-19, this cannot be the case. That’s why we have moved our campaign online.”

The Life Alongside Covid-19 campaign was launched in July, with resources to support people returning and readjusting to work outside of the home. This campaign is supported by AstraZeneca.

Federico Viganò, Company President AstraZeneca Ireland, said: “We were delighted with the success and interaction received since the Asthma Society’s initial launch of the Life Alongside Covid-19 campaign.

“A return to school and education can be a difficult time for children with asthma, their parents, and their teachers. We are happy to support the Asthma Society and believe that this campaign will provide the necessary support to those who are most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19.”

The Society’s Back2School Checklist is available to download from here.

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