COVID-19 and Cancer

This free expert guide on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for Cancer Patients & Caregivers is supported by:

Summary: Are you a cancer patient or caregiver? Learn about COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) and cancer with this guide written by world-renowned cancer doctors.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus infection)?

Several coronaviruses commonly infect humans and cause mild infection like the common cold. CoronaVirus Disease-2019 is caused by a new member of the coronavirus family named SARS-CoV2. This particular virus has not been previously known to infect humans.

What’s so special/deadly about COVID-19 (coronavirus infection)?

Because the COVID-19 virus has not been known to infect human before, our immune systems are not prepared for it. This means that the chances that anyone who gets exposed to this coronavirus gets the COVID-19 infection are much higher than for other viruses such as the seasonal flu virus.

How does COVID-19 spread? / Why is COVID-19 spreading so fast?

COVID-19 virus spreads from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets are microscopic meaning you can’t see them with a naked eye. Each sneeze can contain billions of droplets. If someone with COVID-19 sneezes/coughs around you, these droplets can land in your mouth or nose or you can inhale these and get infected.

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and fast in the community in many parts of the world. You are most likely to get infected if you come in close contact with an infected person (within about 6 feet).

This sounds scary. How can Ankr help?

Ankr is a cancer education and navigation platform that was designed to help cancer patients and caregivers like you navigate through this difficult journey.

Ankr team has many expert cancer doctors including medical oncologists and urologists. We are working hard to provide you with the latest and most reliable information on how cancer patients are getting affected by COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus. You can download the Ankr app today to stay prepared and safe during this crisis.

Where can I get more information?

Try one of our several trusted sources: US Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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