If you have COVID-19, it is important to talk to your medical provider before stopping any medical treatments, including CPAP therapy. It is possible that using CPAP could increase* the risk of spreading the virus to others around you. Be sure to talk to your medical provider about this risk.
If you are sick with the coronavirus, you should follow current national or international guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations are:
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home.
- Stay in a specific “sick room.”
- Use a separate bathroom if one is available.
- Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, or utensils with others.
- Wear a facemask when you are around other people.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your “sick room” every day.
- Seek medical care if your illness gets worse.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor or hospital
*The CPAP aerosols your exhalation out the ports in your mask and tubing. Therefore, if you are sleeping with someone and have COVID 19 you could put them more at risk. An example of the studies to support this risk include the National Center for Biotechnology Information - Part of NIH
Note: Cleaning any device or mask in the manner recommended following the instructions in your user manuals does not guarantee decontamination or disinfection from the COVID-19 virus. For more information on disinfection, contact your home healthcare supplier.