COVID-19 Information

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a serious public health threat. As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of patients, the AAHS is providing information to help you protect yourself during this stressful time. Older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk to experience complications from the virus, and everyone should take precautions to lessen the spread of disease for yourself and others.

For Patients with Sleep Disorders: The AAHS has compiled COVID-19 FAQs addressing questions that patients with sleep disorders may have, including many FAQs regarding the use of CPAP therapy.
For Information about the use of telemedicine during COVID-19: Access the AAHS COVID-19 Patient Telemedicine Guide

How can I get it?

COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily from person to person within close contact (about 6 feet) when an infected person sneezes or coughs, or potentially through touching infected surfaces.

What are the symptoms?

Patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 typically show symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath; severe cases may show symptoms of pneumonia, organ failure or death.

Additional symptoms include: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pains, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of sense of smell or taste.

What should I do to protect myself from the virus?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose when around others. 
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if it is not possible to wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touches surfaces (such as doorknobs, countertops, phones, etc.) daily.
  • If you have upcoming medical appointments, ask your provider if a telemedicine visit would be an option.

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to minimize your risk for exposure by distancing yourself from other people, staying home as much as possible, and cleaning/sanitizing spaces as much as possible.

What do I do if I think I have it?

If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor first; your doctor will direct you regarding next steps.  Pay attention to potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Stay home (except to get medical care) and limit your exposure to other people. Wash your hand often, clean surfaces more often, and avoid using shared household items. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

RESOURCES

AAHS Patient Information Page: FAQs related to COVID-19 for patients with sleep disorders
AAHS Group Facebook Page: Submit questions regarding the virus or talk with other group members
AAHS Member Forum: Discuss the current situation, or other questions, with other AAHS members
CDC General Information: Information on symptoms, strategies, and other guidance
CDC Data Tracker: Official CDC Data for number of cases, deaths and other data 
White House Plan: Federal plan to reopen America based on certain criteria
National Governors Association: Information on response and current guidance from state governments
AASM FAQs for Sleep Clinicians: Information for sleep providers on COVID-19
AASM CPAP Use Resource: Information for patients using CPAP duing this time
WHO Mythbusters: Dispelling myths surrounding COVID-19


Contact the AAHS at inquiries@sleepallies.org with any questions at this time.