GPs urged to avoid 'unnecessary' spirometry

Nebuliser use is also linked to increased risk of COVID-19

Spirometry and nebulisers increase the risk of spreading coronavirus infection and both should be avoided at this point in the pandemic, warns the National Asthma Council Australia.

It is recommending avoiding lung function tests including spirometry and measurement of peak expiratory flow during the COVID-19 containment phase.

Spirometry can spread infected droplets in the air even when patients are asymptomatic, and these respiratory plumes can contain virus particles for hours, the council says in an update