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Guide for Cancer Patients to deal with Coronavirus

Guide for Cancer Patients to deal with Coronavirus

March 7, 2020

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Coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID-19 is a new virus that is caused by a respiratory illness which was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. 

Keep in mind, if you have cancer then talk to your oncology doctor immediately to take the right measures.

How does Coronavirus spread?

When a person coughs or sneezes the small droplets can spread through the mouth or nose. It might be possible when you get in contact with the infected surface it gets on your hands then mouth or maybe the eyes. In some cases, you can also breathe in the droplets which can make you infected. The primary reason for getting infected with this disease is through contact with another infected person.

Note: Research has shown that the droplets can stay in the air for around 10 minutes.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild to severe which include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Nasal congestion

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhea

Does the cancer patient need to take extra care?

Cancer patients or patients with other chronic conditions can be at higher risk of getting severe COVID-19. However, there are no special steps that can be done to protect themselves from this deadly virus. But, yes can take these precautions to reduce its effect:

  • Avoid close contact with the person who is sick.

  • Make sure you get the flu shot as it helps to lessen the effect of influenza.

What are the necessary measures I can take to avoid getting Coronavirus?

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the effect of COVID-19. The most important way to protect yourself from getting infected is to follow these steps:

  • You should avoid visiting areas that have a high risk of Coronavirus. For a certain period, you should avoid travelling.

  • Make sure to wash your hands properly for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, keep a hand sanitizer along with you which contains 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching the mouth, nose, and eyes.

  • While coughing or sneezing you should either cover your mouth with the elbow or keep a tissue paper. Make sure to dispose of the tissue right away.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 meters from the infected or sick person.

  • Make sure you clean your surroundings properly or the objects which you touch daily like counters, keyboards, tablets, phones, doorknobs, and many more.

*Disclaimer: Although facemask cannot prevent COVID-19. But, if you are suffering from respiratory illness then you should wear a face mask to prevent it from spreading to another person.

What can I do if I suspect I have coronavirus?

If you suspect you have the above-mentioned symptoms of COVID-19 then you should seek help from the health care professional right away.