Information about COVID-19 for caregivers of people with asthma or COPD

Apr 29, 2020
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Republished from Propeller Health

If you’re a caregiver of someone with asthma or COPD, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be a particularly stressful time for you. 

Here are some resources you might find helpful:

We’ve also put together this checklist to help you manage your patient or loved one’s health during this time. 

Educating yourself on COVID-19

Preventing exacerbations of asthma and COPD

Staying healthy while social distancing 

  • Stay home. Encourage the person with asthma or COPD to stay home as much as possible, and take care to limit social contact yourself, especially with people who are sick. 
  • Wear a face mask. If your patient or loved one has to leave the house, make sure they’re wearing a face mask. You can watch a quick video on making your own mask at home.
  • Clean and disinfect the patient’s home regularly, especially items they touch often, such as doorknobs, light switches, cell phones, car door handles and steering wheels.
  • Ensure regular hand-washing. If you’re caring for a child or an elderly parent, make sure they’re washing their hands frequently. This list of resources can make hand-washing fun

Don’t forget about mental health

If you have questions about your or your loved one’s health, or either of you aren’t feeling well, contact your healthcare provider by phone or visit their website to determine whether you should be seen in-person.

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