Coronavirus & Pulmonary Hypertension
Last reviewed: 8th April 2020 at 10am
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Please find our general advice below, and use the pages listed on the left (or via the blue text at the top if you’re on a mobile) for specific information. All of these pages are regularly reviewed and updated.
Having PH does not make you more likely than anyone else to catch coronavirus (which is also referred to as COVID-19). For now, it is not known how infection with COVID-19 will affect people with PH. In those who are well it may be a mild illness, but those with significant PH problems are likely to be at risk of more severe illness. It must be remembered though that everybody with PH is a unique individual and many have other co-existing conditions and their circumstances and needs may well vary.
People with PH should be self-isolating (known as ‘shielding’)
We have received lots of questions about whether it is ok to spend time in your garden if you have PH and are isolating. Our understanding is that if it is your own space – eg. your own private garden or back yard – this is ok as long as you keep at least 2 metres away from any people outside in neighbouring properties. If you have a shared garden area or yard, we would advice against using it.
Additional support may be available to you if you are shielding. Find out more here
> Look after yourself and keep up with your usual medications .
> Have a good diet, keep well hydrated, undertake physical activity in your home if you can.
> Make sure you are up to date with repeat prescriptions (not just your PH-specific drugs).
> Regular hand washing is the most effective thing that you can do to decrease your risk of infection. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, in particular after being in public places (click here). Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Make sure everyone around you is practising good hand washing techniques.
> The British Lung Foundation does not recommend using a face mask. It will only help protect others from being infected if you already have COVID-19 and are coughing and sneezing.
> If you have a Hickman line receiving intravenous therapy for your PH and develop a high temperature (38 degrees or more) contact your dedicated PH centre for advice.
> Make sure you have been fully vaccinated against other preventable infections, including the influenza vaccination.
> Do not travel.