It’s safe to perform spirometry again, declares Asthma Council

Advice to avoid spirometry has been eased in line with the reduced threat from coronavirus

GPs can safely resume spirometry but should take every patient’s temperature first, to check they are afebrile, says the National Asthma Council Australia.


In late March, the council had urged GPs to stop performing non-essential spirometry, as a measure to protect themselves, staff and other patients from COVID-19 during the “containment phase” of the pandemic.

Most patients with asthma could be managed without spirometry in the short-term, even if it