According to the Centers for Disease Control, people living with respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are among the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID - 19 can pose an increased risk for severe illness and hospitalization among those with COPD.
The pandemic has motivated at least 1 in 3 people with COPD to actively manage their disease. Despite this positive shift, those living with COPD continue to face significant barriers to managing their symptoms and preventing exacerbations, or symptom flare-ups.
The survey suggests an opportunity for better communication between patients, doctors, and caregivers. Patients and caregivers should not under-report symptoms or explain away new or worsening symptoms.
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