Stay Connected during Love Your Lungs Week (21 – 27 June)

For people with existing lung conditions, the pandemic has intensified health concerns and worries and with many people having to stay at home for their own health, this worry has been coupled with isolation and loneliness.
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The theme for Love Your Lungs Week (21 -27 June) is Stay home, Stay connected, urging those with lung conditions to look after their health, but to connect with others at the same time to share worries and concerns.  

The Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership are urging everyone with lung conditions to join their respective online communities to stay connected and interact with other people with the same issues, to share information and support.  

They are also encouraging people to explore apps and online technology which can help them to manage their conditions safely at home. There are links and reviews to relevant apps on each of the organisation’s website.  

To support asthmatics, Asthma UK offers its own online Asthma Attack Risk Checker to see how likely you are to suffer from an attack and what actions you might need to take:   

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/risk/ 

For those who are concerned about their lung health, the British Lung Foundation offers a five minute online Breath Test for anyone who has not been diagnosed with a lung condition before, but is worried that there might be something wrong:   

https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/ 

The campaign is also urging everyone to spread the word about Love Your Lungs Week as many people across the UK are suffering with lung conditions. According to the British Lung Foundation, If you have 150 Facebook friends, around 30 could be affected by lung disease. 

Lung conditions and coronavirus 

The British Lung Foundation also offers clear advice around coronavirus and living with a lung condition, including advice on wearing masks and other precautions including self-isolation and protecting your health and wellbeing.  

For people with lung conditions, catching COVID-19 can have very serious consequences and recovery can take time. There is an NHS website specifically to support people and their families who are recovering from COVID-19 which provides resources on how to look after your health following the condition.  

https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/ 

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