There are seven things cancer patients should know about coronaviruses, including the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first detected in Hubei province, China.
- What is a coronavirus?
Human coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are found throughout the world. There are seven known types. Four of those types (229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1) cause only mild or moderate upper-respiratory illness, such as the common cold.
According to the Americain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people will get infected with one of these common types of coronavirus in their lifetime.
2. What makes the 2019 novel coronavirus different?
In rare instances, a coronavirus that originates in animals may evolve or “jump species” to infect humans. These viruses can cause more severe illnesses in people, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The COVID-19 respiratory disease that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, is believed to be the latest example of animal-to-person spread.
3. Can I catch the 2019 novel coronavirus?
Yes, avoid contact with people as much as possible, and follow the government and health organisations advice.
4. It is OK to travel for my cancer treatment?
Decisions about whether to travel to your treatment centre for your care should be made in consultation with your medical team, including both your local provider and your medical provider. Give them a call before you travel.
5. How can I protect myself?
You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections with several simple strategies, including:
- Refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using an antiseptic hand gel.
- Avoiding crowded areas and sick people.
6. “Where can I get more information about the 2019 novel coronavirus?
7. Stay at home as much as possible.
Make use of shop deliveries, or ask love ones to collect them for you!
Be careful with children, they could carry the virus without becoming ill. For sure, if you are fragile or above 65