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At Risk of COVID-19 and Have Sleep Apnea?

5 November 2020 Categories: Better Health Author: Michael Davis
People who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be compromised if they develop COVID-19.

Did you know that living with untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of ending up in the hospital due to COVID-19? A recently released study shows a significant correlation between OSA and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Living in a pandemic has brought our attention to our health more than ever. Washing your hands and physically distancing can decrease your chances of catching COVID-19, but what else can you do to make yourself and your loved ones safe from this Virus? Ensure you are not living with an untreated medical condition that can put you at risk.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is widely under-diagnosed, and it is estimated to affect more than 1 billion people worldwide. Sleep apnea symptoms can often be confused for just being run down or not getting enough sleep. You or your loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea and not even know it. Not sure if you or a loved one may have OSA? Here are some Risk factors and symptoms of sleep apnea. 

Obstructive sleep apnea was recently found to increase a person’s likelihood of needing hospitalization due to COVID-19. OSA patients are twice as likely to develop respiratory failure, a severe condition that can lead to death. This comes as no surprise as OSA has also been shown to increase a person’s risk for pneumonia, and sleep is very important in maintaining a healthy immune system.

What does this mean for you? Get yourself tested for Sleep Apnea. OSA screening is free and painless at Snore MD and can be done in the comfort of your own home. 

Knowing if you have it and getting treatment can help the doctors determine your treatment course, should you end up catching COVID-19.

Getting a healthy nights sleep is now more important than ever!

Snore MD is here to help during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we offer in-person or virtual care from anywhere, including your couch! contact your local clinic for the sleep support you need

Michael - optimal care director
Michael Davis

Michael Davis is Snore MD's Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for the quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 to help Canadians sleep better. With experience in critical care medicine, sleep medicine and pulmonary disorders, Michael leads a Dream Team of sleep experts to help Canada Sleep Better!

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