The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a web page with answers to frequently asked questions about indoor air and COVID-19. Below are links to the specific questions that are answered.
The US COPD Coalition is excited to present a free, two-part webinar series that will focus on helping COPD patients stay healthy, both mentally and physically, as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first webinar, “Coping with Stress in Difficult Times”, featuring Arpi Minassian, Ph.D., will be broadcast live at 3:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, June 24th. Dr. Minassian will help you learn more about stress and where it comes from, as well has how to recognize signs of stress and anxiety. She will discuss tips for how to cope with emotional distress related to chronic medical conditions as well as the difficult times we are all facing.
Register for the June 24th webinar featuring Dr. Minassian here:
The second webinar, “COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation” will be broadcast live at 3:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, July 1st. Our guest speaker will be Brian Tiep, MD. Dr. Tiep, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on chronic lung disease, will be discussing COPD and related conditions and the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation practiced on a daily basis – which he stresses is particularly important at this time of COVID-19.
Register for the July 1st webinar featuring Dr. Tiep here:
Please join us for both of these important webinars. As with all US COPD Coalition webinars, registration is free.
Click on the links below for printable webinar flyers.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Learn More Breathe Better program has issued the following announcement:
The Learn More Breathe BetterSMprogram is pleased to share two new video series and our latest formative research report.
- Living with Asthma Videos: This 3-video animated series highlights general information about asthma, key aspects of its management, and the importance of an asthma action plan. Watch these asthma videos.
- Breathe Better Network Partner Perspectives: This 7-video series features interviews with organizations working to address COPD and move the National Action Plan forward. Featured Network members include the American Lung Association, Atrium Health, COPD Foundation, Dorney-Koppel Foundation, and the Respiratory Health Association. These videos focus on key challenges and themes in our Learn More Breathe Better COPD work. View Partner Perspective video series.
- Treating and Communicating about Asthma: Insights from Patients, Caregivers, and Health Care Providers: This formative research report highlights key insights from patients, caregivers and healthcare providers captured during focus groups and in-depth interviews. Read this formative research report.
Find all Learn More, Breathe Better resources here.
Do you, or someone you know, suffer from a chronic lung disease? Are you a healthcare professional working in this field? Respiplus, a non-profit organization which over the past 20 years has developed worldwide renown for its self-management programs, has a very helpful information portal that has been designed to provide reliable information on common chronic lung diseases.
Click on the link below to access the portal:
Click on the link below to access the latest treatment guidelines for COVID-19 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines – NIH.pdf
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has released recommendations for safely performing lung function tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations vary based on the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, with specific guidelines for the pandemic phase, the post-peak phase, and the post-pandemic phase. Click on the link below to access the recommendations:
The US COPD Coalition recently hosted a series of three webinars addressing home oxygen issues. Click on the links below to access the individual webinars. Note that you will be required to register in order to view the webinars.
Oxygen Webinar, Part 1 – Medicare and Oxygen Coverage (October 16, 2019)
Oxygen Webinar, Part 2 – Supplemental Oxygen Systems (November 22, 2019)
Oxygen Webinar, Part 3 (February 27, 2020)
To view and download webinar slides, Q & A, and other documents from the webinars, scroll down the USCC website’s “Resources” page to the dates of the webinars, and you will find the links.
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.