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Sleep Apnea Concerns and the Coronavirus

Sleep Apnea Concerns and the Coronavirus

It is no secret that there is a global infectious outbreak. The coronavirus has put a lot of stress on the healthcare industry and thousands have been to the hospital due to respiratory complications. Older individuals and those who have pre-existing conditions need to be aware of their risk factors. Dr. Earl Bogrow wants to share relevant information for those who use a CPAP device and have obstructive sleep apnea. This information is not a substitute for discussing your health care and sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment with a licensed professional. Please continue to follow the CDC tips on how you can prevent getting sick and discuss any questions or concerns with your physician.

Are sleep apnea patients more at risk for the coronavirus?

There are two factors linked to serious complications from the coronavirus. These are age and chronic health conditions. Coronavirus can be more serious for those who have chronic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory diseases like COPD and sleep apnea, and diabetes. Older patients also seem to be more susceptible to developing pneumonia which can be fatal. Since sleep apnea is more common in patients who are over the age of 65, patients may have a higher risk factor.

How CPAP Users can Prevent Infection and Stay Healthy

In addition to following the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, people with sleep apnea can also take some extra precautions.

Get adequate amounts of sleep.

Research indicates sleep is important to maintaining a strong immune system so your body can fight off illness. Sleep also helps the body recover when it has been ill. Go to bed early and get plenty of quality rest.

CPAP Compliance

Sleep apnea causes sleep to be disrupted. Managing your symptoms effectively by using your CPAP appliance is critical. Sleep apnea treatment can help you stay healthy and helps decrease the likelihood of getting sick. Now is not the time to stop using your CPAP machine.

Continue to Practice Good Hygiene

CPAP users need to refrain from touching their face so that pathogens don’t have the opportunity to enter the body via the eyes, mouth, or nose. Properly washing your hands and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your house are essential. The WHO suggests part of respiratory hygiene is covering your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.

CPAP Device Maintenance

Before cleaning or handling your CPAP device, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure to clean your CPAP machine thoroughly and often according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can clean it daily. This includes cleaning the mask, water chamber, and tubing. Wash your face and hands prior to putting the mask on. Check the instructions for cleaning and replacing the filter and make sure to do it as directed by the manufacturer. Remember to use distilled water in the humidifier or water chamber to keep it clean.

Know the Common Symptoms and Don’t Ignore Them

Since CPAP users might be at a higher risk for developing COVID-19 complications, closely monitor symptoms. If you notice a dry cough, difficulty breathing, or if you start running a fever, contact emergency services or your primary care physician.

Contact Bogrow & Associates

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have questions about sleep apnea and the coronavirus or would like to explore how a sleep appliance can help address sleep apnea that has been diagnosed by a physician, please reach out to the team of sleep professionals at Bogrow & Associates. Dr. Earl Bogrow has been providing care for patients in Southfield, Michigan since 1981. He makes patient’s needs a priority.

Testimonials

“When I first came to see Dr. Bogrow I was always so tired. I felt like I didn’t get a wink of sleep. That was definitely not the case because I could sleep anywhere at any time. I had a cpap machine in my closet for over two years and couldn’t bring myself to continue to use it.

I asked my doctor if a mouthpiece could possibly help me. He recommended that I speak with Dr. Bogrow, so I made my appointment and our journey began. I was fitted with my appliance and after just a few adjustments it was working beautifully! Amazingly I now sleep knowing that when I wake up in the morning I will feel new and refreshed to take on the day! I thank God for Dr. Bogrow, Barb and the entire staff for their excellent care, expertise, and how they genuinely care about me and how I feel! So if you suffer from sleep apnea please don’t hesitate to talk with Dr. Bogrow. I know he will do everything he can to help you feel good again!”

Janice L.