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Best Remedy for COVID-19 Is Prevention

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Since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first identified and named in January, there has been a flurry of news articles and social media posts about the respiratory illness, also known as COVID-19. The flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction, and in a rapidly evolving situation such as this, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous. This is particularly true for people living with cancer, who may already have weakened immune systems that place them at higher risk for developing serious complications from the disease.

It’s natural for people to search for answers and information in times of uncertainty. Just make sure that your information sources are credible ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent site that is updated daily with the latest information on COVID-19.

Don’t fall for claims about remedies that will immunize or cure you of the disease. While there isn’t currently a vaccine or cure for coronavirus, there is a lot that you can still do to protect yourself and your health. Many of these are common practices that you already do every day.

Avoid close contact.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for cancer survivors and people with other serious chronic conditions, who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Avoid crowded locations like malls, theaters, and sports venues.

Keep your hands clean.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places—elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

Make sure your health care team is also taking steps to protect you from exposures.

  • Your health care providers should also practice frequent hand washing and, in some cases, wear masks, gowns, and/or gloves to avoid exposing you to bacteria, viruses, and other infection-causing agents.
  • There is a wealth of information for cancer patients currently receiving treatment, cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care providers on how to prevent infection and support wellness on CDC’s

Clean and disinfect.

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Avoid Nonessential travel.

Taking just a few precautions now is your best defense in preventing and avoiding illness from this novel coronavirus.

Additional Resources

American Society of Clinical Oncology

World Health Organization


Thanks in advance for your questions and comments on this The Topic is Cancer post. Please note that the CDC does not give personal medical advice. If you are concerned talk to your doctor.

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    I Have Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cancer Of The Head And Neck Complete Rhinectomy , 13 Major Surgeries, 7 Weeks/35 Radiation Treatments Total 6,000 Units, And last July 31, 2019 Finished 40 Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments For Getting Immuniy, How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested ?

    Yes. You can have both COVID 19 and influenza at the same time. They’re separate viruses. Just like it is possible to have both influenza A and influenza B at the same time.

    I am amazed and disappointed that in this article on prevention that there is no mention of diet and micronutrients in regards to staying healthy and maintaining resilience to disease. I would expect the CDC to at least mention Americans eating a diet pertaining to ” My Plate ” and leaving out sugar and empty calorie foods.

    Also there is no mention of exercise that helps our bodies health and resilience to disease.

    I’ve been reminding kids to be sure to get the recommended amount of sleep for their age, eat plenty of fruits and veges and other healthful foods and to get outside, get fresh air and exercise. I’m also surprised that the focus has been on hand washing, etc and not also on basic daily proactive ways to avoid getting sick by having a healthy body.

    Agreeing with your post.
    I think they’re should be mention of what one can do and take to build up immune system.
    This is also a critical part of prevention

    In a situation like this, people need virus specific information, not generalized, broad recommendations which don’t have anything more to do with preventing this virus than they do helping to prevent numerous other illnesses. That is not the job of publishing health in the case like this where hundreds of millions worldwide are trying to prevent a virus that is previously unknown and about which the public feels it knows very little. Just telling someone to “eat healthy and get exercise,” etc., is not helpful.

    We have been told that anyone with COVID19 should not take ibuprofen for any reason. Ibuprofen makes it worse. Tylenol should only be used. Is this true? Thank you

    I take 800mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day to manage a connective tissue disorder and chronic pain…today I heard this same rumor from a co-worker, so I came to the CDC website seeking clarification, and as of yet, have found none. Please clarify.

    I’m looking for the same guidance, WHO clarified that they don’t have any evidence of ibuprofen worsening the symptoms of COVID-19 but it was not affirmative.
    I hope the CDC can address this concern as ibuprofen works welll to reduce high fevers.

    With the current findings of people who have tested positive with no symptoms you need to avoid everyone not just those who are sick. Many do not even know they are sick. At least for a while.

    Is any data available regarding percentage of older adults who have contracted COVID 19 and recovered? We are receiving data of deaths specific to seniors, and total recovery, but I’d like to see the percentage number of seniors that recover.

    How about dentist´s office aerosol. The need to treat several patiens, one after other, can make it difficult to properly disinfect surfaces.

    There are so many care givers that need to be extra careful around the elderly and infirmed via medication, disease or illness. Visitors should have empathy to care for neighbors but at a distance or using telephone, text, email without direct contact. Emergency planning should be used by assisted living and retirement communities to check on residents who may not be able to use technology by using available health care services, security, and, if necessary local emergency services. Individuals who will residing with family and friends temporarily should notify other neighbors and security of their temporary change of residence. While these facilities may have business continuity plans to maintain essential medical and health services, emergency preparedness and readiness should extent to this population.

    I keep hearing Ibuprofen, steroids and elderberry make COVID 19 worse and to only take Tylenol. Why isn’t this being addressed if it’s true or false with so many people posting this info?

    One issue that I have not seen covered are the no option doctor appointments where the waiting room is packed, elbow to elbow, with people there for (hopefully) a doctor approved visit yet they still schedule patients for 15-20 minutes appointments, then get behind, resulting in everyone in the waiting room being exposed to a variety of germs.

    Thank you for this practical information. Will share. Sadly, not all physicians and health teams practice washing hands on an everyday basis. How do we ensure that they practice it now? In Mississippi, I’ve had my physcian team tell me that they don’t beleive in washing their hands; it was just a waste of time. Of course, we know that isn’t true.

    Seriously? Eew & dangerous especially since you work at a medical facility where people expect staff to be sanitary. Please practice extra precaution during this time!

    To be perfectly honest, it is malpractice for a licensed physician or an RN to say that or act on it. It absolutely does Mair a difference and while we haven’t tested for every bit of info that is put out there (something most lay people and media would be surprised to know), we have actually tested this. Get a different doctor and complain to your state medical board.

    I work for a Corporate Independent Retirement Community with over 200 residents. I have been informed by Management I am only to wear a face mask/eye shield only after I have contracted a virus/flu. At that time I am not permitted to work once sick. My thinking is I should be proactive and not reactive in the event of possibly being exposed to COVID19. Why are all the news showing instances of 1st responders and medical people are all wearing masks, am I to assume they are all infected and that is why they are wearing masks?

    There seems to be quite a bit of confusion concerning this matter. If I am exposed to residents sneezing & coughing in my presence what is to be my point of protection considering the load exposure and the fact this is an airborne virus. So is it my right to wear a proper approved mask or not in this instance at me place of employment?

    What is the medications that aren’t working well with this virus or are suppressing the immune system? Such as Losartan and Ibuprofen? Ibuprofen is being talked about a lot so that is the main question

    We live in White Rock, NM and have only one grocery store. It is Smith’s. People have hoarded food and supplies so badly that we can’t get what we need. We have nowhere else to go since we are told that we would be wasting our time because all of the stores in our area have shortages. What are we supposed to do when we can’t get food to eat? That’s what it looks like is happening here, and we keep being told that we don’t have to worry about food shortages–there is plenty of food to be had. Well, NO, THERE ISN’T IN NEW MEXICO! Someone please answer this comment if you have information to share about it. The CDC doesn’t even list the topic! WE NEED FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO LIVE ON!

    Coronavirus concerns:
    I am a cancer and leukemia survivor. A relative lives with me and is employed by a daycare center that currently has no plans of closing. Many of the parents of the children are known to be world travelers. Should I ask my relative to stop working now while she lives with me? Is there a waiver that she can use so that she will continue to be paid if she stops? Thanks a lot for your response.

    Hi I have an idea for PPE on testing sites build two extra tents. One for soiled equipment with 20 or 30 washing machines/have these individuals handling the soiled/dirty clothes and clean well trained on cross contamination. Second tent with clothes dryers. Gowns could be fabric and constantly washed and reused. For face shield buy welding mask/hats that can be washed down and properly sanitized maybe use the fog their using to disinfect schools. For face mask you can use the same N95 all day per RN for multiple uses as it’ll be covered By the welding face shield. Only disposable between each patient gloves……. if you train healthcare workers properly to prevent cross contamination on removing PPE properly and disinfecting it’ll work.

    Good morning! As a pharmacist, I have had questions regarding the a facebook post that stated not to take ibuprofen if you haeve COVID 19. Any guidance on this? Thank you.

    Why is there no information on what to take for the fever.? Tylenol vs.Ibuprofen?? This information of just stay home and call your primary care is not enough for those of us with elder parents.

    Where is there information on what to do if you have the symptons. lots of talk about tylenol and other OTCs, but can’t find any real info on CDC site.

    The first sentence is incorrect.

    The virus was first identified in early/mid-December. The Dr in China that first recognized this virus as a serious problem was arrested, then released, and later died of the disease he discovered.

    Very late in December the Chinese Government gave samples to the WHO, and it was quickly verified as a Novel Corona Virus.

    It was not “first identified and name in January.”

    I heard that while we are dealing with coronavirus that we should stay away from ibuprofen, Aleve, was told that some ingredient in those somehow attract COVID19 is that true? Also, I am a Cancer patient and have asthma and am 66 years old. and I share a house with 2 others that don’t take COVID19 seriously. They go out and come back and don’t do what is told we should do. I have told them that this is serious and I am at HIGH RISK but they don’t care. So I stay in my room with my dog and bleach everything every other day. I also purchased an ultraviolet sanitizer that kills bacteria and viruses. Will that help me at all? I am just trying to do the right thing for myself.

    What’s the sense of having this question and answer website when I see people have been asking for a week if ibuprofens are safe with Covid-19 and it still has t been answered ?
    Should people take ibuprofen or Tylenol if they find that they have a fever. ??

    Build up your Immune system, Give up junk food, sodas, smoking! Eat organic fresh fruits and vegetables,
    No health profession is saying this, We are a country who are grabbing up the can and processed food, I can always find fresh fruits and vegetables in the grocery stores, Please professional grow up and tell everyone to get healthy!

    Hello all,
    It is obvious by the lack of replies from a so call trusted source to answer your very concerning questions on is taking ibuprofen, Tylenol , etc. safe to take. The best answer to that is CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL DIRECTLY. They will be the best authority on your individual situation.
    I myself have received these FALSE and MISLEADING social media treads stating it’s from a reliable source to not take these or other over the counter or prescribed medications. THEY ARE ALL FAKE NEWS!
    Rest assured that there is no such evidence that any of those statements on social media are true or factual and are from someone’s friend of a friend who is a nurse, or janitor who has first hand info. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE HERE PEOPLE.
    If in doubt call your own healthcare professional for advice. Your Doctor knows best for you.
    Remember keep calm, relax and don’t worry about this madness that has taken over to mass hysteria. It will be all over soon. Wishing everyone the best.

    What is the relationship between NSAIDS and COVID19. Receiving messages no Advil to treat symptoms as ” virus thrives on Ibuprofen” and ” induces Pneumonia”

    I had the same question about Ibuprofen and I’m shocked that this has not be answered on this blog. This is what I found on New Jersey’s official COVID-19 site and I just confirmed it on the phone with them. It sounds a bit confusing because of the double negatives, but it basically says that WHO has not gathered enough data to make a formal recommendation, but as of now they are NOT saying to avoid it. However, even though WHO isn’t recommending for or against it, the woman on the phone suggested acetaminophen instead until they gather more information:

    “Over-the-counter options for fever reducers include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that it does NOT recommend AGAINST the use of ibuprofen as a self-medication for treating fever or pain linked to COVID-19. WHO is gathering more data before making a formal recommendation.

    Patients who have been prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs should talk to their doctors or healthcare providers before changing any medications.”

    I have been seeing in Facebook that Advil makes the Corona virus from mild to severe. If this is not true, I wish the CDC will let the public know. Your thoughts please.

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