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Special Alert—Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Issues Update On COVID-19

Special Alert—Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Issues Update on COVID-19

People with PF are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. To help prevent infection, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has released specific guidelines based on up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus and COVID-19

  • What is Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that can cause lung inflammation and injury.
  • How the virus spreads. Like many viruses, transmission can occur through droplets of moisture when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through touching an infected surface and then one’s face.
  • Who is at greatest risk. The elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and people with severe chronic diseases like pulmonary fibrosis are at higher risk and advised to take special precautions.
  • Symptoms. Cough, fever, and shortness of breath typically appear within two weeks. The PFF advises that people contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop or if people suspect they’ve been exposed.
  • Prevention. People should wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; disinfect household surfaces frequently; avoid touching their face; and avoid sick people, public places, and crowds (especially in poorly ventilated spaces).

Special Warning for People with PF

People living with pulmonary fibrosis and other lung diseases are more vulnerable to severe illness if infected by COVID-19. The CDC provides specific guidelines for those considered higher risk; for example, avoiding unnecessary travel (particularly cruise ships); staying home as much as possible if the virus is spreading locally; stocking up on medicines, medical supplies, food, and other household items in the event of extended home confinement; and knowing how to take of yourself at home if you get sick and are not hospitalized.

What’s Being Done

While symptoms can be treated, there is still no vaccine or cure for COVID-19. A partnership between the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and a host of other scientists is actively working to develop a vaccine to stem the tide of this disease.
​The PFF is closely monitoring this fluid situation. For more details, read the full news release.

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