World Asthma Day

By | April 19, 2021


Finding Misconceptions of Asthma
World Asthma Day (WAD) (May 5, 2021) is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, (GINA), an organization affiliated with the World Health Organization founded in 1993. WAD is held every May to raise Asthma awareness worldwide.

World Asthma Day 2021

Importance of World Asthma Day 2021

The WHO recognizes that asthma is very important in public health. According to the WHO, it is estimated that more than 339 million people had Asthma worldwide (1) and 417,918 deaths from asthma worldwide in 2016. (3, 4)

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to treat asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes or asthma attacks.

The theme of World Asthma Day 2021

This year’s theme for Asthma Day is “False Detection”. The theme provides a platform for action to address the widely held myths and misconceptions about asthma that prevent people with asthma from taking advantage of significant improvements in the management of this condition. Common misconceptions surrounding asthma include:

  • Asthma is a childhood disease; people will grow in it as they grow older.
  • Asthma is contagious.
  • People with asthma should not exercise.
  • Asthma is only controlled by high-dose steroids.

The Facts Of Asthma

  • Asthma can occur at any time (in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly)
  • Asthma is not contagious. However, bacterial respiratory infections (such as the common cold and flu) can cause asthma attacks. Or in children, asthma is often associated with allergies, but asthma that begins to develop is rarely allergic to certain substances.
  • When asthma is well managed, asthma subjects are able to exercise and perform high-stakes sports.
  • Asthma is usually controlled with the lowest steroids available

GINA would like to address these myths and misconceptions by inviting you to submit a short video that addresses and corrects the misunderstanding of asthma that is common in your country or region. Videos should not be more than 15 seconds long.

Modified example:
“Hello, my name is, I come from (the country).
In our country, there is a misconception about asthma. The truth of this statement is__.
You can find more facts at GINA official site. ”

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