This information answers some frequently asked questions about the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19). We will update this page as we have information to share.
People with cancer often have weakened immune systems.
Having a weak immune system makes it harder for the body to fight off diseases, so it’s important for people with cancer and their family members to closely follow steps to protect themselves, especially when it comes to frequent hand-washing.
We recommend you speak with your doctor if you have concerns about your risk for COVID-19 being higher as a result of current or past cancer treatment.
Other steps include:
- Continued training reinforcement and practice scenarios for clinical staff
- Screening patients and visitors regarding international travel or contact with international travelers, and regarding recent illnesses. This screening is being expanded to travel to areas in the U.S. with high COVID-19 rates.
- Monitoring personal protective equipment (including masks, gowns and gloves) for proper use and distribution
- Screening staff returning to work after illness
- Communicating visiting recommendations to our contractors
- We are screening all patients and visitors by asking about their recent travel and where the people close to them have traveled, as well as about any signs of illness.
- To protect our patients and staff, and ensure that healthcare providers and staff are available to care for patients, we have instituted new employee guidelines on both business and personal travel that are in effect until further notice.
- Any signs of illness at all the staff will stay home and come into work until they are 100%.
According to the CDC and WHO:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds because it’s one of the best ways to kill germs on your hands and prevent the spread of germs to others. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because if you picked up the virus, you could infect yourself by allowing the virus to enter your body.
- Avoid close contact – being within 6 feet - from people who are sick, especially those who are coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- The CDC has compiled tips on what people can do to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus and make homes, schools, and workplaces safer, including not shaking hands and avoiding crowds, cruise travel, and non-essential travel.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, or chills), you must call our office before coming, even if you have an appointment to discuss the options and confirm your appointment.
- “The vast majority of individuals who contract the novel coronavirus, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms and their treatment will be to remain at home, treating their symptoms the way they would a severe cold or the flu,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in a statement.
- The WHO says “the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
- Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.”
- The CDC and WHO say that based on the cases they’ve seen so far in China, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for serious complications if they are infected with this new virus.
- Life goes on and we will all get through this together.
According to the CDC, the virus spreads mainly from person-to-person:
- When somebody who is infected and coughs or sneezes, the virus can be spread in respiratory droplets.
- These droplets might reach the mouths or noses of people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet), which could lead to an infection.
- The droplets can also land on surfaces, which people might then touch. This could potentially lead to an infection if a person then touches their mouth or nose.
- The WHO says “studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days… If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.”
No. According to the American Red Cross, there is no evidence that this new coronavirus can be transmitted through a blood transfusi
- No. Antibiotics only work to treat infections caused by bacteria, not viruses. No medicines have been approved specifically to treat COVID-19 at this point, although some medicines might be helpful in treating symptoms from the disease.
- And despite some claims now appearing online and elsewhere, no dietary or other supplements have been shown to help against COVID-19.
- The WHO has a list of myth busters to debunk some claims you may have heard about how the new coronavirus may be transmitted or treated.
- Bottom line: Scientists are learning more about the virus every day, and health experts are updating their information daily.
- Health officials say that unless you have cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not wear a face mask.
- It is far more important and effective to wash your hands often and not touch your face.
Please visit our stay inform page https://cfcancerinst.com/1768-2/ to learn about how to wash your hands properly and how to clean and disinfect.