Some disinfectants can trigger an asthma attack. To reduce the chance of an asthma attack while disinfecting to prevent COVID-19, you can try the following tips:
- Ask an adult without asthma to clean and disinfect for you.
- Step outside or into a different room during and right after a cleaning.
- Only use disinfectant when it’s needed. Some surfaces, such as those not touched often, may only need to be cleaned with soap and water and will not need extra disinfecting.
- If you have an asthma attack, move away from the disinfectant or the area that was disinfected. Follow your asthma action plan. For medical emergencies, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.
- When cleaning and disinfecting, you or the person who is cleaning should:
- Follow the recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting to prevent COVID-19.
- Choose disinfecting products that are less likely to cause an asthma attack. For more information, see the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved products.
- Limit the use of chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks, such as bleach, and do not use them in enclosed spaces.
- Follow additional precautions for cleaning and disinfecting places where people with asthma may be.