COVID-19 AND LUNG HEALTH

In this time of COVID-19, it’s especially important that everyone with a chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, protect their lung health.

Tips to protect your lung health:

  • Stick to your doctor-prescribed treatment plan
  • Take steps to avoid getting sick
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any unusual symptoms

Follow your treatment plan:

Use all of your medicines as directed by your doctor, including inhaled medicines or pills

Use your treatments and equipment as prescribed (oxygen therapy, nebulizer, CPAP) and keep them clean and in good order

  • Stock up on medicines and other supplies you know you’ll need – Be in touch with your doctor, pharmacy, and insurance company, to make sure you can get what you need
  • If you have one, refer to your written or electronic action plan, which can help you make day-to-day management decisions

When you stay on track with your treatment plan, you support your overall health!

Take measures to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often and properly, by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcoholbased sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water are unavailable
  • Maintain social distancing, even if guidelines in your state have been relaxed
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • If you are in a crowded situation, keep as much space between yourself and others as possible
  • Wear a simple cloth mask that is comfortable for you, even if not required in your state
  • Cover your cough or sneeze

Having a lung problem means you are at greater risk if you do get COVID-19, so it’s best to do what you can to stay healthy!

Call your healthcare provider if you have any unusual symptoms, such as:

  • A high fever
  • A cough that’s out of the ordinary for you
  • Unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Other symptoms that are out of the ordinary

Seek medical attention if:

  • A high fever
  • A cough that’s out of the ordinary for you
  • Unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Other symptoms that are out of the ordinary

Seek medical attention if:

  • You have severe shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, or other symptoms that could be a medical emergency

Remember, there’s never been a more important time to stay on track and make your health a priority!

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