Guidelines for CPAP Usage During Coronavirus Pandemic

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CSHP advice on using CPAP during Coronavirus

There has been some concern about using a CPAP device during this time and at the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance, we are here to help guide you on how to protect yourself and your family while using the therapy.

Current evidence suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads between those in close contact with one another (within 2m). Using a mask and CPAP device does have the potential for air-borne droplets to linger in the air, depending on airflow, so this does cause some concerns with transmission in the household.

If You Are Presently Without Symptoms of COVID-19

Continue to use your CPAP as you normally would, maintain a good mask fit, and continue to clean your equipment as per the manufacturer's recommendations.

If You Are Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19 or Have a Confirmed COVID-19 Infection

Consider consulting with a physician on the right steps to proceed, and to weigh the risks versus benefits of using your CPAP therapy. Self-isolate in your household and designate a “recovery room” where you can sleep until your symptoms are gone.

There is no evidence that suggests that using CPAP can make COVID-19 symptoms worse.

Guidelines for Cleaning 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling the CPAP device, mask, tubing, and filters.

  • Clean your CPAP equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Change filters and accessories as directed in your CPAP user guide.
  • Keep pets away from your CPAP machine.
  • Use distilled water in your humidifier to keep the tub clean.
  • Clean high-touch surface areas around your CPAP regularly using high-level disinfectant wipes or 70% isopropanol/bleach and water solutions

If you have any other questions, feel free to refer to the AASM FAQ page or contact any of our physicians with your concerns.

Reference:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2020, April 3). COVID-19 FAQs. Coronavirus FAQs: CPAP tips for sleep apnea patients. Retrieved from https://aasm.org/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs-cpap-sleep-apnea-patients/ 


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