Some people with severe Asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions which make them extremely vulnerable to pneumonia or infective exacerbations of their COPD may have these prescribed.
Rescue packs are not a new intervention for COVID-19, they are an established regime for patients with severe chronic respiratory conditions, mainly COPD. GPs may typically prescribe these for patients who are at risk of frequent exacerbations(at least two a year) and who can recognise when an exacerbation is starting. They are not suitable for everyone with these conditions.
If you have a severe respiratory condition and are concerned about your regime make a routine telephone appointment with your doctor who can give you specific advice for your condition. Please check your practice website for any updates on how they are handling requests and supporting patients during this exceptionally busy time.