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Coronavirus Tips for CPAP Users
Staying compliant with your sleep apnea treatment is more critical than ever before in this period of Coronavirus.
Your best defense against Coronavirus is a strong, well-rested body. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while sticking to your CPAP therapy.
Keep Your CPAP Equipment Clean
The CDC recommends that you clean and disinfect your medical equipment per manufacturer’s instructions. Follow directions on how to clean both the outside and the inside of your machines, masks, and accessories. Here are some recommended best practices.
Sanitize and Deep Clean Your CPAP Equipment
Enhanced sanitation may be an extra precaution to protect against the Coronavirus. CPAP cleaners and sanitizers, like the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer or the Sleep8 Cleaner & Sanitizer Device, use activated oxygen or ozone to disinfect your equipment with no chemicals naturally. These units kill 99.9% of viruses and germs within seconds of exposure.
Replace Your CPAP Supplies
Follow mask replacement protocols to prevent any mask from becoming a source for infection. Mask parts, including headgear, cushions, and tubing, need to be replaced regularly. Cushions should be changed every 3 months, headgear every six months, and tubing every 6-9 months. As a whole, your CPAP mask should be replaced once a year.
For your CPAP machine, don’t forget to replace parts such as your water chamber, filters, and tubing, as indicated.
Maintain Healthy Sleep
These troubled times can cause restless nights. Adhering to CPAP therapy helps your body rest as needed. Lack of sleep is tied to an inability to focus or concentrate, daily headaches, and feeling sluggish.
Long-term health complications include stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Rather, by sticking to CPAP therapy and treating your sleep apnea, you can allow your immune system to fight against Coronavirus infection.
Don’t Share Your CPAP
The social distancing mandates for Coronavirus also applies to CPAP machines. Sharing masks, machines, and hoses can contaminate others and compromise your own health. Every person in need of sleep apnea therapy should have their own equipment.
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