Dr. Tan on the Risk of Novel Coronavirus for Patients With Cancer

Christina Tan, MD, MPH
Published: Thursday, Feb 20, 2020



Christina Tan, MD, MPH, state epidemiologist, assistant commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health, discusses the potential impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on patients with cancer. The CDC just stated the name of this new strain is COVID-19.

Though many questions remain regarding COVID-19, individuals with weakened immune systems appear to be at greater risk of developing complications associated with COVID-19, says Tan. Individuals who fall into this category include those with cancer, cardiac or lung disease, and women who are pregnant.

Additionally, influenza poses a heightened threat to these individuals, says Tan.

Hygienic practices like frequent hand washing, covering one’s coughs and sneezes, staying home if unwell, and contacting a healthcare provider if feeling sick may prevent the spread of these diseases, says Tan. Immunocompromised individuals should also be advised to get a flu shot to protect themselves against some of the most common flu strains.
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Christina Tan, MD, MPH, state epidemiologist, assistant commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health, discusses the potential impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on patients with cancer. The CDC just stated the name of this new strain is COVID-19.

Though many questions remain regarding COVID-19, individuals with weakened immune systems appear to be at greater risk of developing complications associated with COVID-19, says Tan. Individuals who fall into this category include those with cancer, cardiac or lung disease, and women who are pregnant.

Additionally, influenza poses a heightened threat to these individuals, says Tan.

Hygienic practices like frequent hand washing, covering one’s coughs and sneezes, staying home if unwell, and contacting a healthcare provider if feeling sick may prevent the spread of these diseases, says Tan. Immunocompromised individuals should also be advised to get a flu shot to protect themselves against some of the most common flu strains.

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