COVID-19 - Coronavirus
Covid-19 and Your Lung Health: Webinar (27.3.2020)
Coronavirus refers to a family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. The new coronavirus, associated with the outbreak in the region of Hubei, China had not previously been found in humans.
What is the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
What does COVID-19 mean for people living with lung disease?
People with lung disease are among those who are most at risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19, as their respiratory health is already compromised.
If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or believe you have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed to have this infection, stay home and contact your respirologist and primary care provider for advice right away.
Call your respirologist and primary care provider if you have recently travelled from an area that has known cases of COVID-19
It is also highly important that you take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease, including:
- Making sure you have adequate supplies and medications
- Practice social distancing by keeping away from others who are sick (6 feet is recommended)
- Wash hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds. When unable to wash hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid non-essential travel
- If there is an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.