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Viruses Filters for CPAP: Everything You Need to Know

on September 24, 2021

Your CPAP therapy is an important part of your health and sleep hygiene. But now more than ever, bacteria, pollutants and viruses in the air can pose a threat to your health. Virus filters for CPAP machines are becoming more and more in demand and are being recommended by CPAP specialists to help protect you and your overall health.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about CPAP virus filters and how important they are in light of the current pandemic. 

What Are Virus Filters for CPAP & How Do They Work? 

Getting the cleanest, freshest air possible through your CPAP machine is an important part of your CPAP therapy. Not only will it help you sleep better, but it’ll help prevent you from getting sick from using your machine. CPAP machines have built-in filters, but an accessory that’s becoming more and more important is the virus filter.

This is an inline filter that can be attached to your CPAP or BiPAP machine or directly to your CPAP mask to help filter out airborne bacteria and viruses. You can attach the virus filter between the air outlet and your CPAP tubing; if you’re using heated tubing, you’d want to attach the filter directly to the mask or to the mask’s short tubing.

This virus filter has a universal connector, meaning you can use it with any brand of CPAP machine, all types of tubing, and most CPAP masks out there.

It’s important to note that the virus filter won’t affect your CPAP pressure and definitely won’t add any resistance to your breathing, so you can sleep soundly with added virus protection. 

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Inline CPAP Virus & Bacteria Filter

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What Do Virus Filters Prevent?

Virus filters are designed to prevent airborne bacteria and viruses from travelling into your lungs through your CPAP machine. In fact, combined with the CPAP machine’s built-in filter, these virus filters are so effective that they prevent 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in the air. 

The Importance of Virus Filters

With COVID-19 such a concern for so many, using virus filters for CPAP machines couldn’t be more important. CPAP machines are designed to deliver pressurized oxygen directly into your airway, which means bacteria and pollutants can travel much faster into your body than if you weren’t using a CPAP machine. 

Having an inline filter gives a crucial extra layer of defence while you’re sleeping. Whether you’re at home or travelling, you can rest assured knowing the virus filter is preventing bacteria and viruses from your oxygen flow. 

Replacing Your Virus Filter

When a filter is preventing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses from entering your airway, it’s clear that the filter is working overtime. These virus filters are disposable: you’re going to want to replace your inline filter every week or every two weeks maximum. If you see any debris or discolouration on the filter, replace it even sooner. This will ensure your filter is working as effectively as possible. 

This should be combined with regular cleaning of your CPAP machine as well as replacement of your built-in filter every 2-6 months depending on both the type of filter and your environment (such as if you have kids or live with a smoker). 

Insurance Coverage for CPAP Virus Filters

It’s clear that virus filters are an important part of your CPAP therapy. The good news is that CPAP virus filters are completely covered by medical insurance, because of how critical they are. 

If you have coverage, you’ll want to start using virus filters for CPAP machines as soon as possible. You’ll have peace of mind about the quality and cleanliness of the air you’re breathing, and your sleep and health will thank you for it.