ANYONE CAN GET COVID-19

And having a chronic lung condition can make it worse. That's why we're here to help.

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) have joined forces to create formylunghealth.com, where people with a chronic lung disease can get the expert information they need to make their lung health a priority.

Watch the video below to learn more.

COVID-19 AND LUNG HEALTH

In this time of COVID-19, it’s especially important that everyone with a chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, protect their lung health.

Tips to protect your lung health:

  • Stick to your doctor-prescribed treatment plan
    – If you don’t have a plan or are unsure of what to do, see Additional Resources below
  • Take steps to avoid getting sick
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any unusual symptoms

Follow your treatment plan:

  • Use all of your medicines as directed by your doctor, including inhaled medicines or pills
  • Use your treatments and equipment as prescribed (oxygen therapy, nebulizer, CPAP) and keep them clean and in good order
  • Stock up on medicines and other supplies you know you’ll need
  • When you stay on track with your treatment plan, you support your overall health!

Take measures to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often and properly, by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water are unavailable
  • Maintain social distancing, even if guidelines in your state have been relaxed
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • If you are in a crowded situation, keep as much space between yourself and others as possible
  • Wear a simple cloth mask that is comfortable for you, even if not required in your state
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
Having a lung problem means you are at greater risk if you do get COVID-19, so it’s best to do what you can to stay healthy!

Call your healthcare provider if you have any unusual symptoms, such as:

  • A high fever
  • A cough that's out of the ordinary for you
  • Unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Other symptoms that are out of the ordinary

Seek medical attention if:

  • You have severe shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, or other symptoms that could be a medical emergency
Remember, there's never been a more important time to stay on track and make your health a priority!

ADDITONAL RESOURCES

COVID-19 and Lung Health

COVID-19 and Lung Health Explore 18 sources of information on COVID-19, offered by the Allergy & Asthma Network, ATS, the CDC, CHEST, the COPD foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, the LAM (lymphangioleiomyomatosis) Foundation, the Lung Transplant Foundation, National Jewish Health, the PCD (primary ciliary dyskinesia) Foundation, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, PHAWARE (pulmonary hypertension), the Scleroderma Foundation, Stop TB (tuberculosis) Partnership, and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

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Asthma

Explore 8 sources of information on asthma, offered by the Asthma Community Network, ATS, CHEST, and the American Lung Association

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Explore 6 sources of information on COPD, offered by ATS, CHEST, the COPD Foundation, and the American Lung Association.

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

Explore 4 sources of information on PF and IPF, offered by ATS, CHEST, and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

General Lung Health

Explore 24 sources of information on lung health, offered by a range of organizations that support respiratory health.

Explore 8 sources of information on asthma, offered by the Asthma Community Network, ATS, CHEST, and the American Lung Association

Explore 6 sources of information on COPD, offered by ATS, CHEST, the COPD Foundation, and the American Lung Association.

Explore 4 sources of information on PF and IPF, offered by ATS, CHEST, and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Explore 24 sources of information on lung health, offered by a range of organizations that support respiratory health.