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    • #24273
      Steve Blake

      Has anyone given any thought that the virus could be breathed in through your portable oxygen concentrator?  I am starting to think about this as restrictions are being relaxed.  I use an Inogen and it has a couple of mesh filters and per the manual there is another one where you plug the cannula in that is not user accessible without a special wrench.  I have not been able to find out if it is capable of filtering the virus particles out.  Thanks in advance for any input anyone might have.

    • #24274
      Mark Koziol

      Hello Steve, after I read your post I did a google search and I wasn’t getting the answers to the question. Maybe I wasn’t using the proper search words. You may want to contact a company rep from Inogen and they might be able to give you the answer you are looking for. Take care, Mark.

    • #24288
      Sara Tanner

      Thanks Steve! That is very valid concern! My husband just got approved for a POC this week! I will contact the manufacturer when we receive the unit.

    • #24300


      Hi Sara,

      I agree, this is a very valid concern and something many folks have raised through questions. If you contact the 02 provider or manufacturer regarding this question (ie. covid-19 coming through POC) please circle back and let us know. I know many will be curious about this…

    • #24332
      Cornelia Hendershot

      I called Main Street Supply a few weeks ago where I got my Imogen3 to ask about the capability of the machine to filter the COVID 19 virus.  He said he was not aware of any research on the internal filter to filter viruses. Since it is basically sucking up the sir around you & sending it directly to the respiratory system, I have no confidence it can filter COVID. When I have to into somewhere I resort to my old tank & cart. It’s cumbersome but I feel safer than with my portable.  Maybe someone can clarify this.


    • #24344

      Hi Cornelia,

      I am also hoping someone can verify this information through a credible source (ie. research, their physician, etc) as I think it would be interesting to know. While I am not out hardly at all, this is something others using a POC should be mindful of. Good idea to resort back to the tanks, as heavy and cumbersome as they are. If you hear any more information on this, please circle back and let us know and I’ll do the same. Hopefully others can too!
      Stay safe,

    • #24352

      I made some phone calls and sent some emails. Inogen has yet to respond however Phillips returned an email and said unfortunately “No the filters will not filter out vivid 19 particles”

      I would guess that the filters are pretty much the same on all POC. If or when I should get additional information I will update all of you here.

    • #24353
      Sara Tanner

      Thank you Mike! I also got that answer for our new Phillips SimplyGo Mini POC “that the filter will NOT  filter out COVID 19 virus particles!” My husband just got his, so it was all new to us.

    • #24356
      Mark Koziol

      Thank you Mike and Sara for your diligent work on finding an answer for the forum members who may have had a question on this topic. Mark

    • #24414
      Kate E

      Oh, I confess that this just makes me want to crawl into the back of a closet somewhere. 🙁

      Sorry, but the thought of being even more confined is REALLY discouraging.

    • #24443

      Interesting and to me a very relevant question. I will be flying cross-country this weekend relying on a face mask and my POC for safety.  It had not occurred to me that using the POC might do more harm than good while I am in the airport or confined to the airplane’s cabin.

    • #24474

      How did your flight go @jim-foley? I hear the airports are using a lot of technology (in some cases, even thermal readings to identify fevers) to help keep us safe. While a pain in the neck, it is reassuring too that they’re on top of preventing the spread of COVID as much as I they can. I hope your flight went well!

    • #24476

      I agree @katee, this can all be very scary for us! That said, I’d really want to learn whether or not this is true from a physician, and even more so, what the risk is (ie. high/low/are there things we can do to mitigate that risk, etc). I think more information is needed about how much risk can come from breathing in the virus through our POC. Everyone is learning so much about it.

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