What is asthma?1

·         Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be life threatening

·         Symptoms

·  Chest tightness​
·   Wheezing
·   Coughing
·   Rapid breathing
·   In severe cases respiratory failure

·         Asthma symptoms can be triggered by environmental factors

·   Sudden onset of symptoms is generally  called  an asthma attack
The issue2

·         7.5% of children and 7.7% of adults in the United States currently have asthma as of 2018

·         Lifetime asthma prevalence in black non-Hispanic children (18.1%) is double that of non-Hispanic white children (9.5%)

·         In 2018 2,966 children experienced an asthma attack


·        For parents of children with asthma

·     Make sure your child is being treated with their inhaler properly
·     Develop and Asthma Action Plan
·     Preparing for asthma care during an emergency​​​​



For more information

Maryland Asthma Control Program

Resources for Parents

EPA Asthma Information

Asthma during COVID-19


Knowing Asthma Triggers


1. National Center for Environmental Health, CDC. Learn how to take control of asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published October 25, 2019. Accessed July 1, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm

​2. National Center for Health Statistics CDC. Asthma - National Health Interview Survey Data 2018. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published January 2, 2020. Accessed July 1, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2018/data.htm