COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases that block airflow to the lungs and cause other breathing-related issues.
Over 15.7 million Americans report that they suffer from COPD, and it’s estimated that another 15 million Americans suffer from the disease but are undiagnosed.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments that can make living with the disease more bearable.
If you have COPD, here’s what you need to know if you catch COVID-19:
You’re At An Increased Risk of Severe Symptoms
If you have COPD and you become infected with the novel coronavirus, your risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of the virus is amplified.
While your symptoms may be more severe if you become infected with COVID-19, you’re not necessarily at an increased risk of catching the virus. There is no viable evidence to back up the idea that people with COPD are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
What To Do
If you become infected with COVID-19 and you have COPD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:
- Continue taking your current medications, including those with steroids in them
- Be sure you have no less than a 30-day supply of your medications
- Keep clear of triggers that exacerbate your symptoms
Contact your healthcare provider or care team if you are concerned about
any of the following:
- Your condition
- Your treatment
- You think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
- You have any new signs or symptoms of illness
- Any other inquiries
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