US COPD Coalition

Month: April 2020


Testing for COVID-19

The following is reprinted from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection. An antibody test may not be able to show if … Read more


“Better Living With COPD” Booklet – A Great Resource

Better Living With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Guide For Patients, published by the Lung Foundation Australia and Queensland Health, is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning how to live with and manage their COPD.   Click on this link to view the booklet:  Better Living with COPD – Dec 2016.pdf


How Coronavirus Spreads

The following is re-printed from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Coronavirus 2019 website. Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land … Read more


NIH Begins Clinical Trial of Hydroxychloroquine for Treatment of COVID-19

The following news release is provided by the National Institutes of Health

A clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun, with the first participants now enrolled in Tennessee.

The Outcomes Related to COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine among In-patients with symptomatic Disease study, or ORCHID Study, is being conducted by the Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Clinical Trials Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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CDC Recommendations Regarding Cloth Face Masks

Based on recent studies, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission”. This new recommendation is based on the fact that individuals can spread coronavirus before they show … Read more


CMS Allows Home Infusions for Alpha-1 Patients

The following press release is re-printed with permission from the Alpha-1 Foundation. (April 1, 2020) Alphas on Medicare have a new Choice! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announced Sweeping Regulatory Changes that include an option for Alpha-1 patients to receive home infusions. These temporary changes will ensure that patients have access to care while … Read more