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How Cancer Patients Can Limit Their Exposure to Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases are increasing in many regions of the world, and governments are taking action to contain its spread. Travel to affected areas has been restricted, with schools, sports events, and conventions being postponed as well.

People are advised to use surgical masks, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning supplies to ward off the deadly disease. Strict preparation measures have been taken by hospitals and other health agencies to take care of patients and reduce any risks.

Cancer patients and those with other illnesses are the most vulnerable to coronavirus, especially those who are elderly and recently underwent treatment. This is because their immune system is compromised, making them susceptible to bacteria, germs, and viruses. Therefore catching COVID-19 can be too much for them to handle.

Here is how they can minimize their exposure to coronavirus:

 Keeping your hands clean all the time by washing with warm water and soap

 Make use of disinfectants and hand sanitizers. Use those approved by the Environmental Protection Agency

 Avoiding large crowds, especially if you are at risk or exposed

 Using disposable towels or tissue when sneezing or coughing

 Traveling only when it’s necessary

 Keeping distance between yourself and others. It’s also advisable to keep away from those who are sick

 Disinfecting frequently used and touched objects such as telephones, countertops, and door handles, among others.

 Not touching your mouth, eyes, and nose

 Avoiding exposure to illnesses like measles and influenza

 If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you should consider self-quarantine.

 Avoiding contact with people who are sick

Coronavirus causes respiratory complications such as pneumonia and can be fatal for older patients and people with existing illnesses. It causes symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever.

Cancer patients should avoid large crowds to minimize infection. Unnecessary travel is also recommended. If you suspect that, you are exposed to or experience symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. 

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