Lungs affected by COPD are very sensitive, particularly to things like respiratory irritants, physical strain, and less-than-ideal breathing conditions (such as hot or humid air). Because of this, if you have COPD, you've probably noticed that your COPD symptoms tend to flare up in certain environments or when you do certain things.
It is 2020, and no matter who you are, your life was most likely impacted by the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus first exposed in late 2019 (COVID-19). This virus is the most dangerous for humans when it infects your respiratory system, so this is obviously frightening for people with COPD and other underlying health conditions and immunodeficiencies.
There is much more that is unknown about the virus than there is any information that is definitive: How fast it spreads, how easily transmittable it is, and so much more will be under scientific scrutiny for months even years to come.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most prevalent lung conditions, affecting more than 328 million people around the world and an estimated 16 million people in the United States alone.
The beauty of the natural world is not something that is limited to a certain age group, and the inclusiveness of the outdoor community knows no limits. No matter where you spent most of your life, whether you are a home-body or a born nomad, there is no better time to get out into nature than in your senior years.
If you are skeptical about how you would enjoy a hiking adventure while managing the obstacles that come with older age, please continue reading.