Malignant mesothelioma is a challenging diagnosis as is. Unfortunately, with the rise and spread of COVID-19, people with mesothelioma need to be extra cautious due to their compromised health and immune systems. For those affected by this asbestos-related cancer, it’s vital to understand COVID-19’s effect on mesothelioma patients so that safety measures can be properly enacted.
Why Are Mesothelioma Patients at Higher Risk for COVID-19?
People with respiratory disease are particularly in danger of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Considering COVID-19 can cause infection in the upper respiratory tract, it’s extremely dangerous to mesothelioma patients who are already suffering from adverse effects on their lungs, heart, and other organs. Additionally, a mesothelioma patient’s immune system is already compromised due to the diseased cells in the lungs, making the body more susceptible to life-threatening coronavirus symptoms.
What Are the Similarities between Mesothelioma and COVID-19?
Aside from damaging the lungs, these two ailments share other similarities. By understanding these similarities, you can apply measures to protect yourself from both diseases.
- Anyone can be at risk: Just like anyone can suffer the long-term effects of asbestos exposure, anyone can contract coronavirus.
- Similar symptoms: Coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, and trouble breathing are symptoms of both mesothelioma and COVID-19.
- Both can result from airborne exposure: Whereas COVID-19 can be contracted via an infected person’s cough or sneeze, mesothelioma – while not contagious – can result from inhaling airborne asbestos.
What Precautions Should Mesothelioma Patients Take?
While everyone should enact these safety measures, mesothelioma patients have to be extra cautious. These steps must be followed to avoid contracting the disease and putting further strain on the body:
- Avoid large crowds: COVID-19 is very contagious, and large gatherings can result in rapid spread of the virus.
- Avoid public transportation: While some cities are shutting down public transit, some remain operational. If you have mesothelioma treatment scheduled, attempt to move the appointment closer to home.
- Reschedule doctor visits: If you’re not currently receiving treatment, the risks of visiting your doctor outweigh the benefit. Call your doctor for any urgent concerns.
- Practice cleanliness: Not only should you wash hands and avoid touching your face, but you should also regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
Beyond understanding the COVID-19’s effect on mesothelioma patients, you must take measures to limit your exposure to the harmful substances that cause them. To limit your exposure to asbestos-related ailments – such as mesothelioma and lung cancer – make sure to get your building inspected. Fiber Control, Inc. has the experience and services available to ensure your health is not at risk from asbestos. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.