Am I at Higher Risk for COVID-19 if I Have Sleep Apnea?
While there is no evidence that patients with sleep apnea are at an increased risk of getting Coronavirus, all CPAP/BiPAP users should take additional precautions to avert the spread of the virus.
It is also important to note that using a CPAP or BiPAP machine does not help avoid Coronavirus.
The CDC currently lists certain individuals who are at higher risk of infection.
Individuals with chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, lung disorders or kidney disease
Older adults, especially those living in convalescent centers
Individuals in contact someone who has been infected with the Coronavirus
Individuals with a compromised immune system or anyone who is taking medications that weaken immunity
How Can I Protect Myself While Using CPAP?
The best way to lessen the risk of infection while staying compliant with CPAP therapy is to keep your CPAP equipment clean. The CDC. recommends that you clean and disinfect your medical equipment per manufacturer’s instructions. It also advises that you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the exterior of the machines, light switches, doorknobs, and handles.
Remember that it is never a good idea to share your CPAP equipment with others that is specifically true during this pandemic. Keep your CPAP machine, and CPAP mask away from the physical contact of others. The Coronavirus can endure on surfaces like metal and plastic for up to two to three days.
Disinfect the exterior of your CPAP machine and all surrounding surfaces.
If you use a CPAP machine with a humidifier, ensure to empty any remaining water in the chamber daily. Only use clean, distilled water just before using your humidifier at night.
Reducing the Risk of Coronavirus Infection with CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizing Machines
CPAP cleaner and sanitizing machines clean more thoroughly, but they are also easier to use. If you want something more suitable than daily handwashing of your masks, hoses, and headgear, CPAP sanitizing machines are your best choice. Here are some options.
The SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaning and Sanitizing Machine destroys 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including Coronavirus. No water or cleaning chemicals needed. Place your mask, tubing, water chamber, and headgear into the machine for thorough automated disinfection.
The Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner & Sanitizer Device uses “activated oxygen”, which is another name for ozone to naturally clean, sanitize, and sterilize your CPAP equipment without added chemicals. Food and healthcare industries have used the cleaning power of ozone for decades, and Sleep8 now uses ozone technology to keep sleep therapy equipment clean.