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What should I do to protect myself from COVID-19 if I've had bronchitis?

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Many people who have the new coronavirus can spread it without showing severe symptoms. If you've had long-term (chronic) bronchitis or other lung conditions, take extra care not to get sick. Wash your hands often, especially after touching animals. Stay away from people who are ill or who might have come into contact with the virus. Clean and disinfect surfaces. Follow local guidelines about going out in public, including social distancing.

From: COVID-19 and Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cedars Sinai: “Bronchitis.”

CHEST Foundation: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Coronavirus Resource Center,” “Cracking the cough code.”

Loma Linda University Health: “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

Nature News: “Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks.”

New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch: “COVID-19 Incubation Period: An Update.”

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cedars Sinai: “Bronchitis.”

CHEST Foundation: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Coronavirus Resource Center,” “Cracking the cough code.”

Loma Linda University Health: “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

Nature News: “Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks.”

New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch: “COVID-19 Incubation Period: An Update.”

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020

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