I've been an asthmatic since the age of 2 and every attack feels like you are drowning above water. The media wants me to be afraid of the Ebola virus that is contagious only through direct contact and the cause of one death on U.S. soil. Well, here are the facts on asthma, what I really fear, something I have to deal with for the rest life:
There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.
Asthma has a genetic component. If only one parent has asthma, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have asthma. If both parents have asthma, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have asthma.
More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from asthma. It is one of this country's most common and costly diseases.
44,000 people have an asthma attack.
36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
9 people die from asthma.https://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?sub=42&id=8