Cancer And Covid-19

Gradually, SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread in countries across the world. The pandemic has created major dilemmas across different sectors, including the healthcare industry. The accelerating multitude of instances reveals the bare weaknesses of healthcare systems. The resulting rationing of care is a major concern for people with underlying health conditions. The risk of COVID-19 related morbidity and mortality is high for chronic disease patients, including cancer. Among these, lung cancer and blood cancer patients are the most exposed.

For cancer patients and their families, constant updates of coronavirus are worrisome. The cancer cells dominate and weaken the immune system of the body. The cohort of patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy should take extra precautionary measures. The use of immunosuppressants and supportive medications augment the immune response to infections. The weakened immune system is more vulnerable as compared to a healthy system. Thus, the possibility of coronavirus must be considered and evaluated. Patients off therapy, too, should take safety measures as their immune systems might not be recovered to combat the infection causing virus.

There is a need to rapidly adapt and evolve to pandemic situations and act accordingly. The potentially life-saving treatment should be accompanied by corona protective measures. The caretakers and families of patients are needed to work with the utmost care and precaution. Furthermore, patients have a high contact level as they might visit the hospital for anticancer therapy or follow up. In such a scenario, personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, etc. must be worn. Besides, the following recommendations can prove effective in shielding against coronavirus:

  1. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Use alcohol-based sanitizer, when soap and water aren’t available.
  3. Practice social distancing, preferably self-isolation.
  4. Avoid non-essential visits to the hospital or crowded locations.
  5. Cover mouth and nose whilst coughing or sneezing.

These measures do not ensure risk-free protection; however, they mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19. The impact of coronavirus on people with cancer can affect their physical and mental well-being. It is important to stay in touch with family and friends, and supportive healthcare services. We, at Mozocare wish to provide you with all the support services you might need during this difficult phase. From medications to treatments, we ensure your safety and health throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond.

About Mozocare

Mozocare is a medical access platform for hospitals and clinics to assist patients to access the best medical care at affordable prices. It offers medical information, medical treatment, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, laboratory consumables, and other allied services.

 

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