ASTHMA IN MARYLAND
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes repeated episodes of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can be life threatening.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by air pollution, allergens (pet dander, pests, mold), tobacco smoke, exercise, and infections.
· 7.5% of children and 7.7% of adults in the United States currently have asthma as of 2018
Asthma Disparities in Maryland
· Black non-Hispanic children have significantly higher rates of emergency department visits than other children (see figure above).
What can you do?
What is Maryland Doing to Improve Asthma Outcomes?