Article of Interest: Who’s at Higher Risk of Serious COVID-19 Symptoms?

Woman coughing weating face mask to block smoke covid-19

Our team at the Hoffman Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) Program at UT Health San Antonio wanted to share this article from the Mayo Clinic.

This is an excellent review article concerning who is at risk for developing serious symptoms from COVID-19. It is especially thorough in that it discusses differences in individual susceptibility, not just to COVID-19, but also to the chemical disinfectants used to control it.

Asthma and other breathing difficulties affect many who are chemically intolerant. Bleach and phenolic disinfectants (cleaners ending in -ol) are common symptom triggers for people with asthma and those with chemical intolerance.

The Mayo Clinic highlights the importance of making sure that you and the people around you are not sensitive to strong cleaning chemicals or fragrances.

“It may also help to avoid the things that make your asthma worse. These asthma triggers can vary from person to person. Examples include pollen, dust mites, tobacco smoke and cold air. Strong emotions and stress can trigger asthma attacks in some people. Others are bothered by strong odors, so make sure the disinfectant you’re using isn’t an asthma trigger for you.

In addition to being an asthma trigger, smoking or vaping can harm your lungs and inhibit your immune system, which increases the risk of serious complications with COVID-19.”

Read the full external article at Mayo Clinic.

How chemically sensitive are you?

Take the Brief Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (BREESI) survey:

  1. Do you feel sick when you are exposed to tobacco smoke, certain fragrances, nail polish/remover, engine exhaust, gasoline, air fresheners, pesticides, paint/thinner, fresh tar/asphalt, cleaning supplies, new carpet or furnishings? By sick, we mean: headache, difficulty thinking, difficulty breathing, weakness, dizziness, upset stomach, etc.
  2. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse or allergic reactions to any drugs or medications (such as antibiotics, anesthetics, pain relievers, X-ray contrast dye, vaccines or birth control pills), or to an implant, prosthesis, contraceptive chemical or device, or other medical/surgical/dental material or procedure?
  3. Are you unable to tolerate or do you have adverse reactions to any foods such as dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, caffeine, alcoholic beverages, or food additives (e.g., MSG, food dye)?

If you answer YES to any of these three questions, take the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI) and share the results with your doctor!

To learn more, visit the Marilyn Brachman Hoffman TILT Program website.


Article Categories: Blog, Chemical Intolerance/TILT, Toxic Products

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