Last updated: 2 May 2020 5.40pm
Having COPD may put you at a higher risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Manage your COPD well during this period. Take your COPD medicine as prescribed. Do not stop taking any medicines unless your GP tells you to.
You should have a communication card and self-management plan.
If you do not, download a:
Follow your communication card action plan and take your inhalers as normal. Carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you at all times.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to COPD. They include breathlessness and cough. But look out for a ‘new’ fever. This is the main symptom of COVID-19 that is different from COPD symptoms.
If you get COVID-19
You will have treatment for COVID-19 at home unless you need to be admitted to hospital. This decision will be made with your GP.
It will depend on your:
- home situation
- COPD condition
- risk of spreading COVID-19
If you are being treated at home, take all your inhalers as normal. Your GP may add steroids if you need them.
If you are already taking steroids, continue to take them.
This includes inhalers (preventer inhalers).
Taking your preventer inhaler will decrease your risk of worsening COPD. It will also reduce your respiratory symptoms.
Support for COPD
Phone the COPD advice line - Freephone: 1800 83 21 46.
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