Sleep Apnea & COVID-19: What You Need to Know

How does sleep apnea affect my risk for COVID-19?

If you are affected by sleep apnea, you may be concerned about how your condition affects your chances of contracting COVID-19. To date, there is no evidence suggesting those with sleep apnea are more likely to get COVID-19.

However, if you do contract COVID-19, having a chronic illness, such a sleep apnea, may put you at a higher risk for complications. Therefore, it is important to remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Click here to read our tips on protecting yourself and check the CDC website regularly for new updates.

Is it safe to use my CPAP machine?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 | You can safely continue using your CPAP as long as you have isolated yourself in a room by yourself. Be sure to follow the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s guidelines for safe handling of your CPAP machine by clicking here.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 but are unable to self-isolate | Contact your medical provider ASAP for a recommendation. There is a risk of virus transmission to your bed partner while using the CPAP machine. There may be alternate interventions available to you on a short-term basis.

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 | You may safely continue using your CPAP machine. However, not all individuals affected by COVID-19 experience symptoms so it is recommended that you sleep and utilize your CPAP machine in a separate bedroom to minimize risk for your bed partner.

For further questions, contact First Coast Cardiovascular Institute by clicking here.


Recommendations and reference: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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