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Information on Lung/Pulmonary Health


Lung conditions such as lung cancer, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are very prevalent in Canada. COPD is one of the most common lung conditions, and refers to obstructive chronic bronchitis and emphysema, both of which cause airways to be blocked.


Follow current Public Health Advisories about COVID-19

Keep up with your self-management practices

Continue with your COPD treatments as directed by your healthcare providers. It is important to have at least a 1-month supply of medications on hand.

Practice a healthy lifestyle

This includes exercise, such as walking, while maintaining physical distancing. Check out information on physical activity and online wellness programs:

Watch for symptoms of a flare-up

Watch for symptoms of a flare-up, such as cough, changes in phlegm (amount, color) and increased shortness of breath.

  • Make sure you have the medications (such as puffer/inhaler) you need to help manage a flare-up
  • Do not delay seeking medical attention if you feel you are becoming ill

Oxygen use

If you have oxygen, continue to use as prescribed. If you feel a change is needed, contact your health care provider.

Explore online resources

Explore online resources such as and for additional information and resources to support managing chronic lung health conditions.

Contact your COPD health care provider if you have any questions.

Remember to talk to them about your wishes, values and goals of care. You can use this booklet to get you started: