Coronavirus and CPAP

Coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a type of viruses usually found in animals. There are many different types of coronavirus. Together, these viruses are referred to as the Coronavirus family. The Coronavirus can be transferred from animals to humans and from humans to humans.  Coronavirus 19 (CoVID-19) is the most recently discovered member of the family of coronaviruses.


What are the symptoms of Coronavirus infection?


Coronaviruses cause respiratory illnesses. Symptoms are similar to the common cold.


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea


Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19. If you develop these symptoms, seek medical care immediately.


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face


Some infected people are asymptomatic. Some people only develop mild symptoms. People with hypertension, heart problems or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness due to Coronavirus.


When to Seek Medical Care


If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary health provider immediately for guidance.


How to Slow the spread of the Coronavirus


Handwashing is a basic way to reduce the spread of microorganisms like the coronavirus. Washing your hands can protect you and others. Wash your hands frequently. 


When to Wash your hands


Before, during and after food preparation

Prior to eating

Before and after caring for others

Before, during and after visiting people in the hospital

After blowing your nose or wiping with a tissue, using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning up the restroom

After handling pets, pet food or working in places where animals frequent

After handling any type of waste.


Follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) 5 step hand washing technique.


1.  Wet your hands with warm or cold running water. 

2.  Lather with soap by rubbing your hands together. Lather the front, back of your hands and between your fingers and underneath your finger nails.

3.  Scrub by rubbing your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Twenty seconds can be estimated by humming the entire “happy birthday song” two times.

4.  Rinse your hands under running water

5.  Dry your hands with a clean disposable towel or let your hands air dry


What to do if soap and water are not available


Use a hand sanitizer with a label indicating it contains at least 60% alcohol

Read the label and apply the recommended about of sanitizer into the palm of your hands.

Rub your hands together and over your entire hand until your hands are dry. This should take about 20 seconds.

Key tips to reducing infections


·  Don’t put your hands on your face

·  Swipe down countertops, light switches, door knobs, and remote controls

·  Limit going into crowded places

·  Sanitize your environment

·  Clean your cell phone according to the manufacturer guidelines

·  Be vigilant: avoid people who are coughing or appear acutely ill.



There are three ways to clean your CPAP machine:


1.  MANUALLY 

Use soapy water to clean your machine manually. Wash the mask, water chamber and tubing every morning. Let the tubing air dry. The headgear and filters should be cleaned at least once a week. Soaking the water chamber in dilute vinegar water will reduce mold growth. The disposable filters should be changed once a month.


2.  OZONE

Ozone machines use activated oxygen to kill germs. A 2018 study documented that the Soclean machine killed at least 99.99% of bacteria. 


3.  ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT.

Ultraviolet light at wavelengths between 260 nm - 270nm can kill a variety of different types of germs. The 3B Lumin is an ultraviolet light home sanitizer for cpap machines. 


Cleaning  Your  CPAP  Machine & Mask: (See Video Links Below)


It is best to read the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning your PAP machine. Before cleaning unplug from any electrical outlet. In general wiping the surface of the machine with a warm soapy cloth may be helpful. Ultraviolet lights clean smooth surfaces but may not remove germs lodged in difficult to access surfaces.


Will a Face Mask Protect Me from Coronavirus-19


Experts advise that a surgical face mask is too loose around the nose/mouth to block the virus from infecting you. If you do elect to use a mask, even the N95,  know that masks have a limited number of hours of usefulness. After 6-8 hours, the mask may no longer offer any protection.


Is there a cure for Coronavirus-19 infections


There is no cure for Coronavirus-19 infection. It is estimated that 2% of people infected with the virus will die. Scientist are working to develop a vaccine.

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