SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

At BREATHE LA, lung health is at the forefront of our mission and the health of our community is one of our main priorities as an organization. 

With the recent news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) happening across Southern California and the state of California, we wanted to share some health tips to follow for COVID-19 prevention: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly; Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and keep sick children home from school).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including cellphones.

For those patients with chronic lung disease, 

  • Make sure you have a 30-day supply of current medications on hand. 
  • Stock up on household supplies.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • If you rely on a visiting nurse or aide, check with them to make sure they are following recommended protocols for prevention.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may be similar to what you would experience with an asthma attack or COPD flare-up – but watch for a high fever.  High-grade fevers are not common with asthma attacks or COPD flare-ups, but are a common symptom of COVID-19.  If you are concerned about shortness of breath, and symptoms that are not typical when you have an attack/flare-up, contact your doctor.  If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor or ER first instead of visiting.  If you do have it, then you will expose others by showing up unannounced.  

The CDC doesn’t currently recommend the use of masks for most people. Only people who are sick with COVID-19 and the people who are caring for them should wear face masks.  

You can also find additional information on COVID-19 and get up-to-date health information from both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at info@breathela.org and continue to visit our website here for all the latest information and updates.

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