Patients undergoing active treatment for cancer and cancer survivors may be at increased risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus because of their compromised immune system and their susceptibility to other illnesses. ASCO has developed information on Cancer.Net on how patients can protect themselves against COVID-19, including:
For Health-Care Providers
It appears that COVID-19 is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets among close contacts. To help minimize the risk of spread of the virus from patient to physician, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed the following recommendations for infection prevention and control. A complete list may be found at www.cdc.gov.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) took the step it had been avoiding for weeks and declared that the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the virus that causes it, now identified as SARS-CoV-2, had reached global pandemic levels, the first pandemic sparked by a...