As a COPD patient, you take daily steps to maintain your health and lung function. The coronavirus pandemic can cause concern and stress about your ability to stay healthy because you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. However, there are ways to help minimize your risk of contracting the virus and stay on top of your well-being as a COPD patient.
There are no definite symptoms that distinguish coronavirus symptoms and the symptoms that accompany a COPD flare-up. You should contact your doctor for evaluation if you experience an increase in any of the following:
There are important guidelines to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 that should be followed whether you are a COPD patient or not.
On top of these general guidelines, COPD patients should:
Family members and/or caregivers of COPD patients also should take extra precautions to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, like strictly following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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If you are a COPD patient and believe you have symptoms of coronavirus, call your physician. Your physician will help you determine if you should be tested or admitted for treatment and will help you navigate that process. You also should immediately stay away from others (self-isolate), especially if you have been to an area where infections have been high in the last month.
Questions you should ask your doctor if you believe you have COVID-19 or test positive for the virus include:
This information has been reviewed and approved by Russel Bowler, MD and Barry Make, MD (April 2020)
Learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects specific health conditions in these printable patient education materials.
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