If you have cancer, are you at higher risk of getting COVID-19?

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According to an Emergency Resources on Corona virus of National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services : –

“Some types of cancer and treatments such as chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and may increase your risk of any infection, including with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. During chemotherapy, there will be times in your treatment cycle when you are at increased risk of infection.

Adults and children with serious chronic health conditions, including cancer, are at higher risk of developing more serious complications from contagious illnesses such as COVID-19.”

If you have cancer, how can you protect yourself?

According to an Emergency Resources on Coronavirus of National Cancer Institute : –

“There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or specific treatment for it. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Precautions for avoiding COVID-19 are the same as for other contagious respiratory illnesses, such as influenza (flu).

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive measures to help prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including:

Avoid large social gatherings and close contact with people who are sick

Avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact, such as handshakes

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and before and after coming in contact with others

Get a flu vaccine

CDC recommends additional actions to help keep people at high risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 healthy in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, including:

Stay home as much as possible

Make sure you have access to several weeks of medication and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time

When you do go out in public, avoid crowds

Avoid cruise ship travel and nonessential air travel”

Emergency Resources on Coronavirus of National Cancer Institute suggests, if you receive cancer treatment at a medical facility. Call your health care provider and follow their guidance. If you have symptoms of an infection, call your health care provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms of an infection.

Note – This news is not a medical consultation in any case. This is just a non-commercial report prepared for the purpose of awareness based on the study of the material available in the news. You can not make any decision based on this news story. Do not become a doctor yourself, consult a qualified doctor.

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