Know more about COPD & COVID-19

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease which obstructs airflow from the  lungs. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions that contribute to  COPD. COPD increases the risk associated with COVID-19, affecting the respiratory system and damaging  the lungs.  

Symptoms: 

  • Fever 
  • Fatigue 
  • Cough 
  • Expectoration 
  • Shortness of breath  

Risk Factors: 

  • Above 60 years of age 
  • Suffering from health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity
  • Weak immune system 
  • Smoke from cigarette and cooking fuel (.i.e. wood, charcoal)  
  • Industrial gases and pollutants 

Prevention: 

  • Wash your hands often 
  • Keep 6 feet distance from other people 
  • Have food, household supplies and medications you need for a while. Maintain at least a 30-day  supply of your prescribed medicines 
  • Check with your oxygen supplier and confirm a plan for continue on-time deliveries
  • Always use a working oximeter and thermometer 
  • Stick to your treatment plan  
  • Stay healthy, by eating right, getting proper sleep and exercising regularly 

Emergency Care: 

Consult your doctor or go to a hospital’s emergency department as soon as possible if you develop any  of the following symptoms: 

  • Severe shortness of breath 
  • Severe chest pain 
  • Bluish lips 
  • High-grade fever of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher than that 
  • Headache 
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea

Dr Raghudeep Palla
MBBS, MD (Pulmonology), IDCCM
Consultant Pulmonologist
OMNI Hospitals, Kothapet

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