The DRIVE4COPD campaign is in full effect with a flurry of activities in the works! Last week, COPD Foundation (COPDF) staff were in Chicago for the NASCAR Geico 400 Chicagoland Speedway race and Fuel for Business Council conference.
COPDF president and co-founder, John Walsh, and the DRIVE4COPD team addressed the NASCAR community and its sponsors, and spoke about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of COPD for fans, drivers, and businesses.
They highlighted the fact that more than 70 percent of people with COPD are still in the work force, which accounts for $42 billion in lost productivity to employers!
With more than 24 million Americans living with COPD, it is the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability. Half of those living with COPD don’t even know they have it – which is why we will continue to reach out to the business community. With their help, we hope to screen the “missing millions” of undiagnosed individuals with COPD who continue to work despite their poor health.
Are you one of the 70 percent of individuals who has had to work while living with COPD? How has it impacted you? What do you think your employer could do to improve this growing problem?