In its continued effort to help stem the tide of increasing COVID-19 infections, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) has provided preventive tips and answers to frequently asked questions by the PF community with the most up-to-date information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.*
Public health officials urge all citizens, particularly people at high risk such as those with severe chronic illnesses like pulmonary fibrosis and the people close to them, to do the following:
Is it safe to attend routine clinic visits?
A: Discuss any risks or concerns you have with your healthcare provider. Consider rescheduling routine appointments.
Should I continue attending my pulmonary rehabilitation sessions?
A: Consult your physician and rehab team about potentially developing a home-based program to avoid the risks of group sessions.
Can I catch COVID-19 from a pulmonary function test (PFT) or spirometry machine?
A: The risk of infection from PFT devices is very low as long as the equipment has been appropriately cleaned/disinfected. If you are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever, call your healthcare provider before attending an appointment or testing.The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and will provide updates as it evolves. For more details and resources, visit the PFF’s COVID-19 FAQs webpage.
*Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. (2020, March 16). COVID-19 FAQs [Webpage].
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