Living with cancer during COVID-19 can be a scary prospect. The pandemic is an unprecedented time that has fueled anxiety and fear around the world, as many worry about contracting the illness while dealing with potential loss of income and major disruption to daily life. Couple all of that with the upheaval of fighting a disease like cancer, and cancer patients and survivors may be facing untold amounts of stress.
One of the best ways to alleviate some of that burden is to be confident that you’re doing all that you can to protect yourself while living with cancer during COVID-19. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Practice social distancing: The term is now commonly used in American households, and it should be imperative for those with cancer, who are at an increased risk of falling seriously ill because of the illness. Patients should stay home as much as possible to avoid close contact with anyone who could have COVID-19 or who may be a carrier. Rely on loved ones for grocery shopping and errands and, if patients do need to go out, they should wear a mask and stay at least six feet away from anyone else.
- Stick to good hygiene: Hand-washing is always important and it’s never been more essential than for those living with cancer during COVID-19. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, especially if you’ve been anywhere in public or touched surfaces like door handles or elevator buttons. Avoid touching the face and take precautions like sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your elbow—and ensure others in your life do the same.
- Keep in touch with physicians: Those living with cancer during COVID-19 should be even more vigilant than usual about sticking to their cancer care. Stay in close contact with physicians to ensure the treatment plan continues as intended. If you do feel sick with any flu-like symptoms, immediately alert your physicians so they can advise you on the next steps.
Living with cancer during COVID-19 means that patients need to take some extra steps to keep themselves protected and healthy. With these precautions, patients can prioritize their safety and weather this global health crisis so that they can get back to focusing on defeating cancer.
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