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.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2020, April 3). COVID-19 FAQs. Coronavirus FAQs: CPAP tips for sleep apnea patients. Retrieved from 

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