Steps that Can Be Taken to Reduce Infection from Coronavirus

Steps that Can Be Taken to Reduce Infection from Coronavirus

  • Regular and thorough hand washing with common soap and warm water and use of alcohol-based hand washes, especially when in contact with other people, before eating or touching your face, after using the bathroom and upon entering the home.
  • Those around a cancer patient should practice good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing and discarding used tissues immediately into a closed bin. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as this can transfer the virus from surfaces. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Leave some distance between yourself and other people, particularly when outside the home and with anyone who is coughing, sneezing or who has a fever. 
  • Being cautious around public travel, public events or larger gatherings which might bring you into contact with more people who may be at higher risk of carrying infection, particularly in smaller crowded spaces with poor ventilation.
  • Ensuring that visitors are aware that those affected by cancer are particularly susceptible to infection, and kindly requesting them not to visit if they are displaying any symptoms of illness such as high temperature, coughing, sneezing, headache, etc. 
  • Limiting direct contact with people who have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, and avoiding international travel.

If you are not feeling well

If within the past 14 days you have been somewhere coronavirus is in circulation – or in contact with a person known to have coronavirus, be alert for the symptoms. These are: fever (high temperature), coughing or difficulty breathing. If you do have these symptoms phone your GP or local emergency department without delay, and do not attend in person in the first instance. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating until you receive advice from a doctor.

If you are feeling well

Continue following advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus and other infections such as flu. Avoid spending time with people who are ill with a cough, high temperature, or breathing problems.

Should I still attend for my treatment in hospital?

Yes, you should continue to attend for your scheduled medical care unless advised by your hospital not to do so. It’s very natural to have concerns when you’re being treated for a serious illness. If you ae concerned, contact your oncology team. Every day the major hospitals handle cases of people who have infections that could be passed to other patients. There are many different ways to monitor infection risk and protect you from infection by others while you are receiving treatment.

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