Lung function testing (including spirometry, peak flow and other breathing tests) generates aerosolised droplets, and may increase the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses to healthcare workers.
Please make sure that lung function testing is needed at this time for your patient. Remember that asymptomatic patients may be infected with acute respiratory viral illnesses (including COVID-19). Prior to lung function testing, patients should be asked screening questions to assess their risk of having COVID-19, including any new acute respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and loss of sense of smell. Lung function testing should not be performed in patients who have new acute respiratory viral symptoms.
Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Ministry of Health.
All NSW Health clinical staff administering lung function testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.