Message from our National President & CEO, Harold P. Wimmer

As the country's trusted champion of lung health, our top priority is the public’s health and well-being. This is a difficult time for everyone, and we have been very moved by the heroic efforts of so many, including those in our healthcare system, who have selflessly been providing critical support for our most vulnerable constituents. I know we will get through this trying time, together. We've done it before. Our mission was founded on a dedicated community rallying around the threat of tuberculosis and then as now, we are committed to working together to address this current threat to lung health.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a lung infection and we are continually monitoring developments so that we can support all who have questions about how this impacts lung health. We are working to provide information and support to minimize the risk to all, especially those with a lung disease like asthma, COPD or lung cancer—who are at higher risk for more severe symptoms or complications from COVID-19.

In that spirit, we will be hosting updates covering new information and responding to questions that help individuals living with chronic lung diseases and their caregivers. Register for these webinars in advance, watch previously recorded updates and access our FAQs 24/7.

During these times of uncertainty, we are also seeing an uptick in the spread of myths and misinformation about COVID-19. We will continue to share trusted science-based information and tested public health measures that work. Follow Lung.org/covid19 for daily updates, new articles and fact-based advice to help protect yourself and your family. You can also help us share these resources by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In addition, as always, our Lung HelpLine is available at no charge for one-on-one support for your COVID-19 and lung health questions. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA or submit a question online.

And last, but not least, we have launched the COVID-19 Action Initiative – a $25M investment to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics.  See how you can support this initiative and contribute to research, including the COVID-19 Citizen Science Study.  

While we have adapted to telecommuting and virtual activations, we will continue to be available to you and deliver our mission work during this lung health crisis. Nothing is more important than your health and well-being.

Thank you for your support and wishing you good health.

Harold P. Wimmer
National President and CEO
American Lung Association

Page last updated: April 29, 2020

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