• Tips to avoid germs when you have cancer

    Asked by BoiseB on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    Tips to avoid germs when you have cancer

    I came across this article on webmd.com. https://www.webmd.com/cancer/immunotherapy-approach-19/treat/slideshow-cancer-germs?ecd=wnl_can_021820&ctr=wnl-can-021820_nsl-Bodymodule_Position1&mb=0LSdc4FLHCzJCnSh7%40e4%40OHnVev1imbCZim95PoeTt8%3d. Even though it is rather basic. It gave me some points to ponder. What are your thoughts I am sure many of you can expand on this?

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    • Kp2018's Avatar

      I would add one thing: If the COVID19 comes to your area, it would be very wise to self-quarantine.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Spot on Kp2018. We have a new medical service here. It is called Dispatch Health. If you have a medical problem that you would go to urgent care for. You can call them and they send a Physicians Assistant and a RN to your home. This eliminates sitting in the urgent care germ exchange. I used them a few weeks ago when I had an ear infection. Less than 45 minutes after I called them the were at my door. The exam took about 1/2 hour and the prescribed ear drops and printed out a report sent a report to my PCP and arranged for follow up. They take most insurances in the area and the cost is about what a visit to urgent care would cost. In my case it was less.
      I also liked the "travel with care" tip. That made me think that could also apply to public transportation. I am going to buy some travel size wet wipes.

      about 1 month ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Glove up! Wash hands before and after using the bathroom or you may infect yourself! From another forum:

      To avoid the dissemination of incorrect information, best to consult with:

      In the US, the Center for Disease Control (CDC):


      In Canada, it is HealthCanada:


      In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS):


      In Australia, the Department of Health:


      Worldwide, The World Health Organization:


      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      BoiseB, thank you for making me aware of Dispatch Health. What a wonderful service, and exactly what is needed by many cancer patients whose immune systems are badly compromised..

      I googled it and found that it is available in many parts of the US. But, unfortunately, not where I live. Nonetheless, it is nice to know that such a useful service exists.

      about 1 month ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Kp There are other like services springing up. I hope there is one coming soon to your neighborhood. These are like the "visiting nurses" we used to have when I was a child.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      One thing I was told was to stay away from crowds. So no church, shopping, or large gatherings. But I did my chemo through the winter, so I basically was grounded except for doctor appointments and hospital stays. Rough year.

      about 1 month ago

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