COVID-19 2020-06-02T13:49:42+00:00

COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Professionals and the Respiratory Community

CTS Statement on Salbutamol Inhaler Shortage

The CTS participated in multi-stakeholder meetings with Health Canada to discuss mitigation strategies for an emerging salbutamol inhaler shortage in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CTS Asthma and COPD Assembly Steering Committees developed rapid guidance for Canadian physicians recommending options for Salbutamol MDI substitutions in the event of a shortage.
Asthma mitigation strategy – April 13, 2020
COPD mitigation strategy – April 13, 2020

Health Canada Update – May 13, 2020
Health Canada UpdateMay 19, 2020

Canadian Lung Association InfoGraphic guidance for your patients:
Managing Asthma during COVID-19 InfoGraphic [Download]
Managing COPD during COVID-19 InfoGraphic [Download]

CTS Position Statements

New position statements were developed by the CTS Asthma, COPD, and Sleep Disordered Breathing  Steering Committees to help Canadian physicians optimize management for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click on the side menu to find resources to guide patients on how to properly use their inhaler, self-management education, pulmonary rehabilitation and home exercise for various diseases or topics.

The pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and this page will be updated frequently as information becomes available. If you have suggestions for how CTS can best support the respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine community, please contact:  Anne Van Dam at

Find out about what the industry is doing to fight COVID-19 here.

CTS Members in the News

May 27, 2020 – Getting ahead of the curve: A comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy for Canada

May 20, 2020 – Toronto respirologist tackles current questions on COVID-19

May 13, 2020 – How are Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents being affected by the pandemic?

April 26, 2020 – Asthma and coronavirus – what are the risks? 

April 15, 2020 – How countries are responding to the crisis

April 11, 2020 – Asthma and respiratory diseases are dangerous pre-existing health condition for anyone contracting the COVID-19 virus. Joined by Dr. Christopher Licskai, Co-chair of Asthma Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society.

April 7, 2020 – Why we should all be wearing masks — and how our public health authorities got it wrong

April 5, 2020 – What you need to know before wearing a mask

April 3, 2020 – Winnipeg Ventilator tapped for Canada’s fight against coronavirus

April 1, 2020 – Canadian health-care workers preserving personal protective equipment as COVID-19 cases rise

March 30, 2020 – B.C. doctor warns of deadly ‘double whammy’ if coronavirus persists into wildfire season

March 27, 2020 – A lung specialist and intensive care doctor explains how COVID-19 can wreak havoc on the body

March 25, 2020 – COVID-19 is much more widespread in the community than people realize


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