In an interview with HCPLive, Seema Khosla, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Sleep, explained that a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device can potentially spread the droplets further than normal breathing, putting loved ones at an increased risk of developing the COVID-19 virus.
Khosla said the best advice is if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 or presumes they have some symptoms of the virus then they should sleep in separate rooms and maintain distances even within the same household. She also advised to place increased emphasis on washing your hands prior to putting on the CPAP mask. Overall, sleep apnea patients represent 80-90% of Khosla’s practice.
As the focus in the medical community is currently on treating COVID-19 positive patients and testing as many people as possible, there still are other ailments that must be treated and routine services that are still important. Khosla said her practice has recently switched to 100% telemedicine to ensure the safety of her staff and patients.