Coronavirus Information for the COPD Community

The COPD Foundation is carefully monitoring the outbreak of a new disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus and which has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated as "COVID-19"). We are working with our Medical and Scientific Experts to ensure that accurate information is shared with our community.

The global situation changes daily and the World Health Organization updates their recommendations regularly https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public. We also encourage you to regularly visit the CDC website for high-risk populations and check in with your state health department's website for local information. We are providing regular updates and answers to your questions in this blog post.


Webinar Recording: COVID-19, COPD and You: Important Strategies from Leading Medical Experts on Managing Your Health

The COPD Foundation wants you to know you are not alone during this time. On March 17, 2020 we hosted a webinar that provided updated medical information about managing your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

This webinar featured leading medical and public health experts including Dr. Josh Sharfstein from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Robert Wise of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Byron Thomashow from Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, along with COPD Foundation staff members, Stephanie Williams and Jamie Sullivan.

The speakers addressed the most common questions we received about the coronavirus and COVID-19, including what we know and don’t know about the disease, signs, and symptoms people with COPD should watch, practical action to prevent the disease, tips for maintaining your emotional well-being and resources for credible information.

You can now access the recording of the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You will be asked to enter your name and email address to join. If you are unable to access the recording on your device, please contact statecaptains@copdfoundation.org for assistance.

Join us in learning how we can face this crisis together.

COVID-19, COPD and You: Important Strategies from Leading Medical Experts on Managing Your Health

COVID-19, COPD and You: Important Strategies from Leading Medical Experts on Managing Your Health

This webinar featured leading medical and public health experts including Dr. Josh Sharfstein from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Robert Wise of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Byron Thomashow from Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, along with COPD Foundation staff members, Stephanie Williams and Jamie Sullivan. The speakers addressed the most common questions we received about the coronavirus and COVID-19, including what we know and don’t know about the disease, signs, and symptoms people with COPD should watch, practical action to prevent the disease, tips for maintaining your emotional well-being and resources for credible information.

Additional Resources


COVID-19 Q&A with the Experts

COVID-19 Q&A with the Experts

COPD Foundation presents a COVID-19 Q&A with medical experts Byron Thomashow and Barbara Yawn.

Additional Resources


Daily Strategies for Your Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

Daily Strategies for Your Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

Daily Strategies for Your Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 March 26, 2020.


CDC Recommendations: What to do if you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

The CDC is currently recommending that people in high-risk categories stay home as much as possible during a COVID-19 outbreak in their communities. There is no one right answer to how much you should travel outside your home right now, but we published a few questions and resources on our blog that you can use to help guide your decisions. When in doubt, contact your doctor for advice!

Questions to guide your decision making:

How important is the activity or travel outside of my home?

Can you delay or cancel the activity? Is there an option for delivery services? Concerned about missing your doctor's appointments? We address that in our March 5th Blog update.

What is the status of the COVID-19 outbreak in your community?

Are there confirmed cases in your state, how many and can they be traced to a known exposure or is the source of the infection unknown (community spread)? We recommend you check the website for your state and/or local health departments for this information and to view state and local advice about limiting your time outside of your home. This website provides updated information on where cases are in the United States.

How great is my health risk category?

Even though about 80% of COVID-19 cases are considered mild, early data is showing COVID-19's effects are worse for older adults (likely over 60) and people with heart and lung disease or diabetes. Consider the risks faced by those you live with or take care of as part of your calculation. Read more at CDC's high-risk page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

If you are considering traveling away from home: Am I prepared if travel disruptions or required quarantines require me to stay at another destination for a prolonged period?

The CDC is now recommending that people in the high-risk category avoid non-essential travel, particularly long plane flights and cruises. Consider updated travel information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

We know it's tough to balance being cautious and taking preventive steps to reduce the likelihood you get sick from COVID-19, the flu or pneumonia while going about your daily life and doing the activities that you want and need to do. Our best advice is to share your concerns with your doctor, do the things you know help prevent infections and stay up to date with the evolving information on the risk in your community.

Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and COPD on our Blog or click the question below.