World Asthma Day

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2021 Date4 May 2021
2022 Date3 May 2022
World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day History

World Asthma Day seeks to raise awareness about asthma and improve the lives of those affected by it. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways within the lungs. It is believed to be caused by genetic or environmental factors. Symptoms may stem from an obstructed airflow or spasms of the airways in the lungs. These may include wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. There are no known cures for asthma. There are, however, measures and methods such as inhalers that make living with it more comfortable. According to the CDC, 1 in 13 Americans live with asthma.

World Asthma Day was created in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). It is observed annually on the first Tuesday in May.

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World Asthma Day Facts

  • The theme for World Asthma Day in 2021 is Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions.
  • As of 2018, 235 million people have asthma. It's the most common disease among children.
  • There's no cure for asthma, but attacks can be prevented or reduced. It's important to avoid triggers like smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, and colds and the flu. Inhaled corticosteroids and other medicines can also help.
  • Globally, 461,000 people died from asthma in 2019 according to the World Health Organization.
  • According to getasthmahelp.org, famous people with asthma include David Beckham, Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Frank Lampard, Ludwig von Beethoven, Eminem, Joseph Pulitzer, Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy.

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