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A leading Consultant Respiratory Physician and Chair of COPD Support Ireland Prof J.J. Gilmartin has today expressed concern that people with COPD are delaying seeking medical help if they have a flare-up in symptoms due to fears of contracting COVID-19 in hospital. With over half a million people in Ireland having a diagnosis of COPD he has today urged patients not to put their health in danger and sought to reassure them that hospitals are taking every precaution to ensure their maximum health protection
From today a Cocooning with COPD information pack with tips and advice for protecting physical and mental wellbeing is been made available for people with COPD Staying Well – Cocooning from Coronavirus booklet, and a COPD communication card, and was developed in conjunction with the HSE National Clinical Programme Respiratory and the COPD Advice line.
This pack is available to download at or can be ordered for postal delivery free of charge by texting the word “COPD”, plus name and address to 51444 (standard network charges apply).



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