Guidance as 1st August 2021, third Pandemic Peak: Government advice changes rapidly, and up to date information should be sought
During the COVID pandemic Government advice should be strictly followed, and travel avoided or minimised to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, remembering that you can be infectious without having any symptoms. As rates of SARS-CoV-2 fall, travel between specific areas will be permitted again, but it is still necessary to take precautions.
The danger of using CPAP in a time of SARS-CoV-2, is that IF YOU PERSONALLY HAVE COVID-19, AND ARE USING YOUR CPAP, you can spread it to others in the vicinity. Remember, you may not know you have COVID-19 and be asymptomatic; you may even have had a recent negative test as tests are not 100% sensitive, and things can change day by day. The reason is that when you breathe out through your mask or nasal fitments a standard CPAP turns this into an aerosol that is perfect for distributing the COVID-19 virus throughout the space you are in.
There are presently no restrictions on CPAP carriage or use, however it would seem sensible not use your CPAP in a public space such as a train, plane or airport until community rates of this infection are low. Note that you can still use your CPAP in a hotel room with your usual household members, with whom you are already in close contact.
You should take your CPAP into hospital if you are admitted; the circuit may be modified with a different mask without a hole for the breath out, and a bacterial-viral filter for the air you breathe out.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE COVID-19, then CPAP is no more dangerous than any other equipment you own – a wipe-down to keep it clean is fine, added to your usual cleaning regime.
If you travel regularly or frequently in the UK, we highly recommend that you use the NHS Test and Trace App to identify the places you go to. You may have no symptoms but be carrying the virus anyway, and thus still be a danger to others; it’s essential to follow your movements if you are.
If you are travelling outside the UK, we advise you to consult www.gov.uk for the latest information on the COVID-19 situation. Many airlines/ flight routes require a negative SARS-CoV-2 test from a designated source within 48-72 hours of flight. Ask your airline when considering travel.