We are well aware of COVID-19, that has been declared as a pandemic and several nations including India have taken measures at all levels to contain it. It goes without saying again, that the people are the ultimate instruments in this battle and we all can contain the virus to minimise the harm to ourselves. That is possible with our total commitment, preparation, awareness, knowledge and actions. The precautions need to be followed meticulously without any laxity till we win over the situation.
There has been a publication of COIVD 19 infections and deaths from china based on their recent experience in Lancet Oncology (Mar 2020 issue) with a special mention about cancer patients. The authors (Wenhua Lian et al) made certain observations based on a small number of cancer patients and survivors in their study.
The authors made some recommendations:
However, it must be noted that these observations as well as recommendations are based on a small number of cancer patients and be given due relevance. Also I would like to emphasize that it is not COVID 19 infections, alone, but we must be mindful of and guard against other opportunistic and seasonal infections. Simple precautions to be taken as follows:
To conclude, if you are a cancer patient undergoing treatment, please take adequate precautions and there is no need to get scared or panic about it. If you are on a follow-up and due for tests, please postpone it unless you are unwell. Be cool and be in touch with your oncologist. Stay away from rumors. Stay safe and wish you a corona free time!