Asthmatic Preston employee undeterred by coronavirus

Nikki Rowland

A UCLan coffee shop worker, who suffers with asthma, said she isn’t worried about the coronavirus pandemic

The university has put measures in place to ensure that workers like Nikki Rowland are not overly exposed to the risk of contracting the virus.

COVID-19 directly attacks the respiratory system which is weakened by diseases such as asthma.

Ms Rowland said:  “I am probably a bit more tentative than other people but I just keep washing my hands.”

Despite her relaxed attitude, she understands the risks the virus poses to her. 

Ms Rowland said: “For young people you will probably shake it off quite quickly but somebody like me it can be abit more under-lying”

Regular and intensive cleaning of “areas that are high risk” like the card reader are now a must.

The coffee shop is due to close tomorrow, ahead of the university closing on Thursday.

It is anticipated that it will not reopen until after Easter by which time it will have been thoroughly cleaned. 

The Government has released new advice saying those with underlying health conditions need to take action against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After a Cobra meeting on Monday the Government held a press conference in order to step up cautionary measures against the outbreak. 

The PM said: “It looks as though we are approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve. 

“Without drastic action cases could double every five or six days.” 

Amongst the advice pregnant women and over 70’s have also been advised to stay at home and only go out when absolutely necessary. 

But, Ms Rowland said: “I just try and stay safe.”

Asthma UK has urged people living with asthma to continue taking your preventer inhaler daily as prescribed inorder to reduce risk of an attack that could be triggered by respiratory viruses, including COVID- 19.  

They also recommend people carry their reliever inhalers with them at all times in case symptoms arise. 

Asthmatic employee undeterred by pandemic 
If your asthma is getting worse and there is a risk you might have coronavirus, contact the online NHS 111 coronavirus service.