Protect yourself from colds and flu

Routine maintenance of your CPAP equipment can help manage the spread of cold and flu. Standard steps to help prevent the spread of the virus include to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Wearing a mask on your face is a very up-close and personal experience. You wouldn't share it with other people, but you could be sharing it with unwanted germs and bacteria. 

If exposed, the flu virus can live on your equipment long enough to infect you, and it can take days for symptoms to show after you've contracted it. 

Keep your disposable supplies clean, and replace them regularly to prevent the buildup of germs and bacteria. 

If you do come down with a cold or the flu, once you're feeling better be sure to replace your toothbrush - and your CPAP supplies! 

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