The HSE and National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) have published guidance for cancer patients and their families/carers.
This information is as follows:
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
- Come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
- Touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on (we don’t know yet but it may survive a number of hours on surfaces that have not been cleaned and disinfected)
The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is low to moderate. However, it is likely that older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID19. Advice on reducing your risk of infection is therefore particularly important for cancer patients and their families.
- Stay up to date, check the HSE coronavirus page
- Avoid all but essential travel to affected areas
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol hand rub
- Cover your cough, dispose of the tissue, wash your hands
- Avoid touching your face with unclean hands
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid contact with anyone who is ill with a cough or difficulty breathing
- If you are ill, minimise contact with others, especially those who have medical conditions, are elderly or pregnant.
Other general recommendations on preventing infection during your treatment continue to apply – e.g. avoid contact with others who you know to have an infection.
Continue to attend for your scheduled medical care.
More information can be found on the HSE webpage at the following link: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/cancer/news/covid-19.html