As the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is important to ensure the health and well-being of our patients, as well as the public.
COVID-19 or coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. They can spread disease in both people and animals. The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China and has since spread worldwide. As the virus spreads, there are preventative measures we can take to prevent the contamination of others.
If you are a cancer patient, you may have questions regarding your risk of COVID-19. Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system which can increase your risk of being infected. Since there is no vaccine available, the best way to prevent yourself from exposure include:
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as others.
• Washing your hands regularly as instructed by the CDC
• Cleaning your living space
• Be sure to have several weeks’ worth of medication if needed.
Additionally, patients that are currently receiving cancer treatment are advised to attend appointments alone whenever possible to limit the potential of spreading.
If a companion is necessary for the safety of the patient, please limit this to one person. Some cancer treatments can be safely delayed, while others cannot. Please discuss this with your doctor.
At NYCBS, we stand by our patients. We are now offering virtual appointments for patients who are concerned about coming in to the office. To make an appointment, simply click, here.
If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please call our office before coming to your appointment.
Please call 1-833-DR-HELP9, and your call will be answered by one of our highly educated and trained staff.