Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Covid-19
Recently, Dr. Swerdlin and Dr. Plein have heard a lot of questions surrounding snoring and obstructive sleep apnea conditions and how they relate to the Covid-19 virus. While there is no definitive proof that those with OSA contract Covid-19 at a higher rate or suffer from symptoms more, it is still important to take measures to limit your exposure. Here at Sinus & Snoring MD, transparency is everything and we found some helpful resources about sleep apnea and the current pandemic.
A study published in September of 2020 showed that there were signs that people who had OSA suffered from Covid-19 symptoms more than people without the sleep disorder. Furthermore, those who had sleep apnea were also at an increased risk of contracting the virus. Thanks to this article, you can learn even more about the risk factors associated with such a common condition like sleep apnea.
Although this study points the finger in the right direction, its important to note that scientists don’t believe its enough to make an accurate assessment of the virus and its relation to sleep apnea.
Generally, it is common for patients to have sleep apnea as well as other underlying conditions. OSA is most common in patients who are obese, which then carries an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, which can become huge risks when contracting Covid-19.
We’re not here to scare you!
We’re not here to scare you or to tell you to never leave your house. If you wear a mask and wash your hands, you are doing as much as you can to stay safe. We constantly strive to help our patients breathe better, and although wearing a mask can be an obstruction to your breathing, we feel it is a far better option than contracting Covid-19.