Coronavirus and cancer

As the Coronavirus spreads throughout the world, many cancer patients express their concern in light of a potentially weakened immune system. Therefore, we thought that it is important to let you know what The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) currently suggests. 

The new Coronavirus disease is a respiratory disease caused by the COVID-19 virus. Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses. They can cause moderate diseases, such as the common cold. They can also create more severe conditions, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

 The virus can spread from person to person by tiny droplets from the nose or mouth through coughs or a sneeze. If these droplets have landed on a surface, the virus can survive there for a few days. If someone touches this uncleaned surface and afterward touches their eyes, nose, or mouth, they might catch the virus as well. 

Signs of the COVID-19 disease can be moderate to severe and may include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Other symptoms are similar to the flu and may consist of nasal congestion or a runny nose, aches, pains, sore throat and sometimes also diarrhea. Not all infected people will develop symptoms.

What to do to avoid contamination? 

  • The most significant way to protect yourself is to prevent exposure to COVID-19. You should follow the CDC and WHO travel restrictions.
  •  Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, especially after visiting the bathroom, before cooking or eating. If not possible, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  •  Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. 
  •  When sneezing or coughing, use a tissue and immediately throw it away. Another option is to cough or sneeze into your elbow (NOT your hand). >>> Avoid contact with sick people. 
  •  Clean thoroughly objects and surfaces that are being touched frequently, such as counters, doorknobs, and toilets. Also, make sure to clean electronic devices such as keyboards, tablets, and phones as well. As always, consult your medical care team and discuss with them any concerns you might have regarding the coronavirus.

    Wishing you the best of health, The Belong Team For more information: https://www.cancer.net/blog/2020-03/coronavirus-2019-what-people-with-cancer-need-know