Managing Your Chronic Lung Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you have a chronic lung disease, such as COPD or asthma, you are at higher risk of serious illness during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is more important than ever to take action and protect your lung health. This fact sheet will review tips for how you can protect your lung health, including: how to manage your condition, when to call your healthcare provider, how to avoid illness and managing stress.
Tip #1: Manage your condition
Take all medicines as prescribed:
Tip #2: Follow your action plan
An action plan is a guide that you develop with your healthcare provider to help you manage your chronic disease. This plan can include what you are supposed to do every day (your daily management plan) and what you need to do if you have a change in symptoms (a rescue or sick plan). Your action plan can be a helpful tool to use to manage your lung condition and monitor your symptoms.
Tip #3: Contact your healthcare provider about any unusual symptoms
Sometimes it can be hard to sort out whether you are having a flare-up or an acute illness, such as a virus.
Tip #4: Avoid Infectious Illnesses
There are everyday actions you can take to try to avoid getting sick with COVID-19 or another respiratory infection, including:
Tip #5: Manage Stress
The COVID-19 pandemic is a very stressful time for everyone, but especially for people with chronic lung disease or other underlying conditions. Do your best to protect your lung health. You should also try to manage your stress and anxiety by staying informed and staying in touch with friends and loved ones while keeping up with social distancing.