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.

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.

What should I do to protect myself from the virus?

  • Avoid close contact with people are sick.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • 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.
  • 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.

FOR PATIENTS USING PAP THERAPY: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has provided information regarding coronavirus and the use of CPAP during this time. 

For more information, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers many helpful resources about COVID-19.
For providers looking for information regarding sleep center operations, visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's COVID-19: FAQs for Sleep Clinicians