As a Patient
It’s no secret. As a cancer patient, you are among those at high risk of serious illness if you contract COVID-19.
It’s important that whether you’re currently in treatment or not, you talk with a doctor who understands your situation and medical history.
Follow the CDC guidelines, including washing your hands, staying at home and practicing social distancing, rescheduling any non-essential medical appointments, using telehealth services, and preparing a stockpile of all necessary prescriptions.
If you finished treatment years ago, your immune system has likely recovered. You should still exercise caution and follow guidance from the CDC and your doctor.
As a Caregiver
You need to take extra precautions to protect the person you care for. They likely have a weakened immune system due to cancer and are therefore more susceptible to contracting a serious illness due to COVID-19.
It is important to keep both you and your loved one healthy during this time.
Follow the CDC guidelines, including:
- Frequently washing your hands
- Disinfecting door handles, light switches, remote controls, cellphones, and other frequently touched surfaces
- Coughing and sneezing into your elbow and away from the person you care for
- Practicing social distancing whenever you are in public
As a Loved One
Your loved one may have a weakened immune system due to their cancer, which means they’re at high risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19.
If you do not live with your loved one with cancer, you may need to avoid seeing them in person for the time being to protect them. Now, more than ever, is the time to utilize the technology at your fingertips to check-in. Call, text, or video chat. There are many ways you can check-in and show the love while keeping your loved one safe.
If you do visit someone with cancer in person, be sure to follow appropriate hygiene measures – wash your hands, avoid touching them and practice social distancing, and disinfect any surfaces the virus may have come in contact with. Review the CDC guidelines for more information.
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