What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure treatment and it means that a machine will force air, at steady pressure through the tube and a mask to your airways, and therefore keep them open at all times. This treatment is used for obstructive sleep apnea but according to the latest research, it can be used for treating COVID19 patients as well, in some cases.
Keep in mind that CPAP and a ventilator (a machine used for more severe COVID19 patients) are not the same things.The ventilator will breathe instead of you, while CPAP will help you breathe. Ventilators are far more expensive and can be very successful. However, in New York City, 90% of patients who were treated for COVID19 using ventilators didn’t survive!
CPAP devices are not very cheap. A decent model will cost you $1500 and for Bi-PAP machines, the prices will go even higher. This cannot be compared to ventilators which are extremely expensive. Sadly, during the pandemic in the United States and yes, this refers to right now, CPAP devices were hard to find. The same issue applies to their masks.