‘Bills have doubled!’ Man with lung condition ‘could die’ if he doesn’t keep heating on

It surveyed more than 3,600 people with lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis, with half of the respondents saying their condition has worsened since the cost of living crisis began.

Dr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma + Lung UK and a practising GP, spoke about the dangers of the cold weather for people with lung conditions.

He said: “Winter is the deadliest season for people with lung conditions. Cold homes are very dangerous for people with lung conditions because they provide the perfect environment for respiratory infections to thrive.

“Cold air is a trigger for life-threatening asthma attacks and COPD flare-ups. In the longer-term, cold homes are a hotbed for mould and damp, which alongside cold air are also common lung triggers.