Coronavirus and Cancer

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A common question in these times is the coronavirus covid-19. Here we have gathered important information and answers to some common questions.

Much is unclear at present about which groups are particularly vulnerable to severe infection by the new coronavirus.

According to the World Health Organization, WHO, people diagnosed with cancer more often appear to develop serious medical conditions than healthy people affected by the coronavirus.

Some are extra vulnerable
According to the Public Health Authority, a large Chinese study shows that older people and people with underlying diseases, such as cancer, are over-represented among severe cases.

Thus, there is some data to suggest that people in an already very vulnerable situation are also particularly vulnerable to covid-19.

It is therefore important to emphasize in particular the importance of everyone following the advice of the Public Health Authority to reduce the spread of infection. This applies to everyone in the community and not least if you have contact with people with cancer.

This is how you reduce the risk

Protect yourself and others from the spread of infection with good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds.

Use hand disinfection if necessary. Try to avoid touching your face or having close contact with people you know are sick.

Read more about the Public Health Authority’s information on protecting yourself and others.

If you have ongoing treatment for cancer, you can contact your contact nurse for individual advice. The best is, of course, to quarantine yourself and stay away from people in order to avoid an infection.

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