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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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Chronic Lung Diseases and COVID-19

COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and other chronic lung diseases

Having COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is known to increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Other chronic lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, might increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Actions to take

  • Keep taking your current medicines, including those with steroids in them ("steroids" is another word for corticosteroids).

  • Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines.

  • Avoid triggers that make your symptoms worse.

  • Call your healthcare provider or care team if you have concerns about your condition, your treatment, think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, have any new signs or symptoms of illness or any other questions.

Learn more about COPD

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