A Mini-Guide for Cancer Patients Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

With the recent coronavirus outbreak in the world, it has become evident that the situation will be devastating for a long time. People will have to learn how to cope and live with this deadly disease while keeping all the precautions in mind. But while doing so, some people will be at higher risk and will need to be more vigilant than others.

These are the people with weaker immune systems, majorly, the cancer patients. 

 

WHAT KIND OF CANCER PATIENTS ARE AT RISK?

All types of cancer patients are at risk, and if you are one of them, you must schedule your appointment and get yourself medically checked. Yet, some are at a higher risk than the others. These are: 

1. Patients whose chemotherapy is still active

2. Patients who are under antibody-based cancer treatment

3. Lung Cancer patients who have opted for intensive radiotherapy

4. Patients with blood cancer symptoms

5. Bone marrow/ Stem cell transplant patients

 

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR CANCER PATIENTS DURING COVID-19

Proper care of such patients must be taken and must follow all the preventive measures against coronavirus. Following are the guidelines:

1. Schedule your appointment beforehand and notify your doctor before traveling to the hospital. Also, take their advice and follow all the necessary steps while meeting them.

2. Don’t step out of your house unnecessarily or travel too much. Avoid going to public places or even hospitals for things that can be postponed or handled on-call.

3. Always wear a mask outside your house and also regularly wash the reusable ones. 

4. Avoid touching your face. Use gloves to keep your hands clean.

5. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after coming home with proper hand wash. Rather than covering your mouth with your hands while sneezing, use a tissue or your elbows. Properly dispose of the napkins in closed-lid dustbins.

6. Consume a balanced diet full of nutritions to make your immune system healthier. Also, wash the vegetables and fruits properly.

7. Keep a distance of 2 meters from others when outside. Avoid direct contacts like handshakes or touching.

8. Get a good sleep of at least 8 hours to provide adequate rest to your body in all kind of cancer disease. 

9. If your doctor allows, conduct regular sessions of exercises and jogging to provide a good supply of oxygen to your heart and brain. It can be done in your house, terrace, balcony or verandah.

10. Avoid smoking. Keep the indoors ventilated to maintain the freshness of the air.

11. Don’t take too much stress or tension regarding anything. Share your worries with your family members, doctors, and be happy and positive.

 

Not only the active cancer patients but also those who have undergone cancer treatment in the recent past are prone to the coronavirus because of their weak immune system. Hence, one should follow these guidelines strictly to escape the deadly grasp of COVID-19.