CPAP- helpful against COVID-19?

Since December 2019, the current COVID-19 pandemic has been causing many complications around the world with approx. 5.428.388  infected people including around 345.375 deaths (as of May 25th 2020). Researchers and scientists are looking for answers to end this crisis. The virus can access the respiratory tract an can infect the lungs, which is noticeable by shortness of breath.

We as sleep doctors know that the CPAP is provided to protect the lungs thereby reducing respiratory complications. This effect has been well demonstrated in patients using CPAP after abdominal surgery.

For patients who have been exposed to COVID-19, one of the most important steps is to reduce respiratory complications. In fact, one of the first initial treatments is an early use of CPAP, according to the guidelines and testimonial report by the Italian COVID Task Group (see report below).

Therefore, patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea are encouraged to use their CPAPs machines diligently, especially right now during this crisis or get prescribed a new CPAP machine, as it may protect them from developing respiratory complications.

If you tend to have problems or want us to prescribe you your own CPAP, we would be happy to help.

References:

Patients affected by acute respiratory insufficiency from COVID-19

CPAP during the postoperative period for prevention of postoperative morbidity and mortality following major abdominal surgery.

Corona Tracker

Sincerely,

Priv.-Doz.  Dr. med. Hartmut Schneider, Facharzt für Innere Medizin

Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Associate Prof. of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

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