As the COVID-19 respiratory virus spreads around the world, please know that the IMF is here for you.

People living with myeloma are at an increased risk. “Myeloma patients have compromised immune systems and are highly vulnerable to new infections,” says IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie. 

“It is important to be proactive and guard against infection from unknown sources.”

On this page, you will find updated guidance to keep you safe. Featured are Dr. Durie’s blogs and FAQs, aimed specifically at multiple myeloma patients, and links to the best sources of COVID-19 news. 

There is currently no vaccine against COVID-19, so it is important for myeloma patients and their families to minimize their risk for contracting the virus. Practices to minimize your risk include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others. Isolation at home is best. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Please be safe and well, and please contact the IMF InfoLine with any questions. 

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Patient and Family Webinar Replay:

This two-hour webinar features a panel discussion about the latest treatments for and management of myeloma led by IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie.

Panelists include Dr. Joseph Mikhael of Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Dr. William Bensinger of the Swedish Medical Center, and Joseph Tariman PhD RN,  School of Nursing/College of Science and Health De Paul University.

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IMF Videos and News on COVID-19
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Federal Government Response to COVID-19

We wanted to take some time and keep you up to date on the Federal Government’s response regarding COVID-19. We have received a lot of questions from patients and their families about what is included in the government has done to address the virus. 

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The International Myeloma Foundation medical and editorial content team

Comprised of leading medical researchers, hematologist, oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, medical editors, and medical journalists, our team has extensive knowledge of the multiple myeloma treatment and care landscape. Additionally, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie reviews and approves all medical content on this website.

Last Medical Review: April 27, 2020

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