COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

ASTHMA IN THE NEWS   


September 19

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its 2022 Asthma Capitals Report, whose ranking is based on three weighted outcomes:  asthma prevalence, asthma-related emergency room visits, and asthma-related deaths. To view the full report, click Asthma Capitals: Top 100 Most Challenging Cities to Live In With Asthma (aafa.org).

August 30

It's time to go back to school! For families whose children have asthma, click here to see Allergy & Asthma & Network's Back to School Checklist for Families.

August 17

Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits can Indicate Poor Housing Conditions

Emergency department (ED) asthma visits can be an indicator of poor housing conditions, according to results of a study done in New Haven, CT

July 8

COVID-19 and Asthma: What Patients Need to Know

The COVID pandemic is scary for all people, but for those with asthma, there is great fear that they will have a worse outcome or be more likely to get COVID-19. It is important to know that currently there is no evidence of increased infection rates in those with asthma.

 July 1 

 "Summer Asthma and Warm Weather: Know what to do!"

 People often ask: “Does summer make asthma worse?” or “Why is my asthma worse in the summer?”  Some people with asthma may experience fewer symptoms and flare-ups during the summer. Others may experience an increase in asthma symptoms leading to full-blown summer asthma attacks. Hot and humid weather and exposure to pollens, mold spores and air pollution could cause asthma symptoms to flare. Warm weather activities such as  playing sports, exercising and camping could also lead to increased respiratory problems.

 May 9

 

 The Quintero family connected to Building for Health through the State of Connecticut’s Putting on     AIRS asthma education program and has since connected to other partners in the program. The   family  reached out to Putting on AIRS for help after noticing their 6-year-old daughter Emily’s asthma   symptoms were getting worse. Click Building for Health: Peace of Mind for Emily and Family to read     the full story.