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With the COVID-19 pandemic, people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are even more vulnerable. They need to be found, protected, and vaccinated.
What’s more, research for this devastating disease has been vastly underfunded. Even though it’s the #3 killer among chronic diseases, it’s 176th in federal funding, meaning only pennies are being spent on every person with COPD.* Pennies—to find new treatments and a cure for a disease that impacts millions.
People with COPD have been overlooked and underfunded for too long. That ends today.
Let's find the missing millions with COPD and get them vaccinated against COVID-19. And then let's start getting COPD the funding it deserves.
We know we face a crisis with COVID-19. We’ve been fighting hard. But along the way, we’ve lost sight of a crisis within this one: millions with COPD, a life-threatening lung disease, are being left undiagnosed and unprotected.
Most people know COPD by other names—like emphysema or chronic bronchitis. It's a chronic lung condition that gets worse with time, and makes those who suffer from it feel like they can never catch their breath.
By the time many people receive a COPD diagnosis, they've already lost nearly half of their lung capacity. That's why early diagnosis is critical.
But there's hope. With early detection, treatment, and research, lives can be improved.
"All of those are underlying, what we call 'comorbidities,' that make it much more difficult for someone to be able to handle an infection that can take off and replicate and get into your lungs or other organ systems. The one that's probably the clearest, one of the clearest, is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."
Dr Anthony Fauci
Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
In a study of 3703 patients within a large New York City health system, people with COPD who tested positive for COVID-19 had:
increased odds of being
hospitalized due to COVID-19†
In a separate study of 7592 patients within the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, people with COPD who tested positive for COVID-19 had:
increased odds of
dying due to COVID-19‡
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†Source: van Gerwen 2020. Data collected from March through May 2020 (aOR: 2.27; 95% CI: 1.41‐3.65).
‡Source: Wang 2020. Data collected as of April 2020 (OR: 2.45; 95% CI: 1.73-3.47; P<0.001).