US COPD Coalition

Resources

Jan
4

Isolation and Quarantine

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for … Read more

Jan
3

Is It Flu, COVID-19, Allergies, or a Cold?

The following article is reprinted from the January 2022 issue of the National Institutes of Health’s NIH News In Health. Feeling sick can be especially concerning these days. Could your sniffles be caused by COVID-19? Or the flu? A cold? Or maybe allergies? Determining the cause of an illness can be tricky because many share … Read more

Dec
20

Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

The following is re-printed from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s COVID-19 website.  Emergence of Omicron On November 24, 2021, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new variant was first detected in specimens collected on November 11, 2021 in Botswana and on November 14, 2021 in South Africa. … Read more

Dec
15

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot The following information is re-printed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. IF YOU RECEIVEDPfizer-BioNTech or Moderna You should get a booster if you are: Adult ages 18 years and older You may get a booster if you are: Teens 16-17 years old (Pfizer only) When to … Read more

Nov
15

COPD and the Workplace: Know Your Risks and Take Action

Among the millions of Americans with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, most can point to smoking as the main reason they got the disease. Yet in about 15% of cases, people get COPD – which makes it hard to breathe and gets worse over time – after being regularly exposed to certain dusts, gases, … Read more

Nov
2

COPD-SOS: National Campaign Seeks to Raise Awareness of COPD and Sound the Alarm on the Urgent Need for Early Diagnosis

Before COVID-19, 150,000 Americans were dying of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) every year, and the pandemic has only worsened this crisis. An estimated 30 million Americans have COPD, and almost half – 12-15 million – do not know they have it. As the nation focuses on getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated against … Read more

Nov
2

Get Tested for COPD: Your Lungs Will Thank You

If you’re often short of breath during everyday activities, your chest feels tight, or you cough a lot, you may be chalking it up to getting older, having allergies, or being a smoker (now or in the past). Fortunately, there’s a way to know whether something more may be at play. Consider getting a lung … Read more

Oct
18

Free Resources for COPD Caregivers

Do you help care for a loved one or friend with COPD? Whether you schedule doctor visits, manage medications, prepare meals, clean the house, or help with errands and tasks, caring for someone with chronic illness can be hard. Respiratory Health Association (RHA) has developed a free resource book for caregivers of people living with … Read more

Sep
9

Editorial: The intersection of women’s health, lung health, and disease

Marrah E. Lachowicz-Scroggins, Louis J. Vuga, Aaron D. Laposky, Marishka Brown, Koyeli Banerjee, Thomas L. Croxton, and James P. Kiley – Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland We celebrate World Lung Day 2021 with a somber tone, realizing that the past year has likely seen more deaths related to lung disease … Read more

Sep
3

Toolkit for Engaging Patients To Improve Diagnostic Safety

The following article is reprinted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website. Diagnostic errors occur in all care settings and one in three patients will experience a diagnostic error firsthand. Research suggests that communication breakdowns during the patient-provider encounter are a leading contributor to diagnostic errors. To promote enhanced communication and information … Read more