CPAP Therapy and Coronavirus – What CPAP Users Need to Know
COVID-19, informally known as “Coronavirus”, is a global pandemic health crisis that has turned most of our lives upside-down in one way or another. According to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, as of November 5th, there are 1.25 million global cases of people with COVID-19 with over 200,000 cases in the United States and the pace continues to grow at an astounding rate. COVID-19’s ease of contraction from one person to another is what makes it so dangerous and is why there are already 158x more cases than the SARS outbreak in 2002 that had 8,069 cases. As a result, we’ve encouraged all of our employees, contractors, and customers to adopt the CDC’s recommendations needed to stay safe, healthy, and help “flatten the curve”. At Health Sqyre, the health and safety of our team, partners, customers, and community is our highest priority. As a result, we are operating completely remotely to minimize exposure for our team and the community by working from home. Now onto what you can do, as a CPAP user, to help mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19…
Again, we strongly encourage you to follow the CDC’s recommendations above all else but as a CPAP user you should also make sure to do the following:
1. Clean your CPAP supplies thoroughly and often.
Cleaning Your CPAP Supplies By Hand
The two leading manufacturers recommend cleaning your supplies with warm water and mild soap on a daily basis. Here are some helpful links from the manufacturers that provide more information about cleaning your CPAP tubes, masks, humidifiers, etc. by hand:
Buying A CPAP Cleaner
If cleaning your supplies by hand is a hassle and becomes too burdensome, there are CPAP cleaning machines that you can consider. The leading CPAP cleaning machine on the market is the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner that retails for $348. Customers give it rave reviews and it uses ozone (sometimes called activated oxygen) to clean your supplies and kill 99.9% of bacteria. The other machine that we recommend is the Lumin CPAP Mask and Accessories Cleaner that retails for $249. The Lumin cleaner is ozone-free, utilizing UV rays to kill 99.9% of bacteria. 3B Medical, the manufacturer of the Lumin also makes the Bullet UV Hose Cleaner, which uses a safe and effective sanitizing UV light to sanitize the inside of a CPAP hose and remove 99.9% of all bacteria in under two minutes. It retails for $99.
You can also check out these handy cleaning guides that the Health Sqyre team put together:
The main point here is to be disciplined about cleaning your CPAP supplies. Reflect, and commit to cleaning your supplies. If washing them by hand is easy for you, great. If you’re not doing this daily because you don’t have time, realize and accept that and consider purchasing a CPAP cleaner if that will get you to clean your supplies daily. The bottom line: do your best to establish a daily routine in cleaning your supplies… make the commitment and stay healthy.
2. Don’t go into your local brick and mortar CPAP supplier; Purchase your CPAP supplies online.
The CDC says, “The best way to prevent illness to avoid being exposed to this virus (COVID-19).” This means to STAY HOME and do your part to limit your exposure. It’s better for you and your community and that means that you may have to adjust your CPAP supply shopping habits. If you physically went into your local CPAP supplier to purchase your supplies, now it’s time to transition to shopping for your CPAP supplies online.
Don’t worry, Health Sqyre makes it easy and works with local CPAP suppliers around the country that sell their supplies online through the Health Sqyre platform. HealthSqyre.com allows you to shop for and purchase all of your CPAP supplies (CPAP Masks, CPAP Machines, Parts & Accessories) easily online and get them shipped directly to your door.
3. Use Telemedicine. Yes you can get a CPAP Prescription online.
The COVID-19 health crisis has strained our healthcare resources in several ways and the “worried well” are urged to stay at home and not clog emergency rooms. Well what if you’re a CPAP user and you need a prescription to get your CPAP supplies? Not a problem… Take advantage of the telemedicine services that are available to CPAP users:
Get a CPAP Prescription Online
Health Sqyre’s CPAP Prescription Package is a telemedicine service that utilizes U.S. board-certified, licensed physicians to get CPAP users a CPAP prescription within 24 hours so that you can easily get your CPAP supplies in a timely manner (even if your CPAP machine konks out at 2 in the morning).
4. Take a Home Sleep Test
If you haven’t been tested for sleep apnea and want to, and don’t want to contribute to the current strain on our healthcare resources just take a home sleep test. It’s simple – the test is mailed to you, you wear it for one to two nights in the comfort of your own bed and then send it back and you get the results shortly thereafter.
Additionally, if you have questions about your therapy that may not require a respiratory therapist or a physician, just ask us. Our exceptional customer success team is here to help you as best we can during this health crisis.
The COVID-19 health crisis is devastating and it’s critical that we all do our respective part to successfully beat this pandemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also put together a blog post on Coronavirus FAQ’s along with tips for sleep apnea patients that has helpful information. We hope that these tips around coronavirus and CPAP therapy will help you stay as healthy as possible. During this time of crisis we know how much our customers need us and rely on us for all of their CPAP needs so we remain open 24/7 at HealthSqyre.com and we will continue to provide you with exceptional customer service via phone, email, text message and live chat. Our Customer Experience team is working remotely and is ready to help with any and all questions. Email email@example.com or call or text us at 720.507.7718.
About the Author
Dr. Nicholas Walter, MD is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist in Phoenix, AZ who has over 7 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from the School of Radiologic Technology at Saint Josephs Medical School in 2013. He is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center.