COVID-19 FAQ #1: How can myeloma pts reduce the possibility of being exposed to the coronavirus?

In this week’s video, Dr. Durie addresses a frequently asked question from myeloma patients on how to reduce COVID-19 exposure. 

To reduce the risk of being exposed:
• Stay in your home.
• Maintain a physical distance of six feet from others.
• Wear a mask if you must travel to public places.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Sanitize any items that are delivered to your home.

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This “Ask Dr. Durie” is a frequently asked question about the COVID-19 coronavirus infection. This is FAQ number one. And, this question relates to, “how do I reduce possible exposure to this novel coronavirus?”   
The key, key, recommendation to patients with myeloma is stay home as much as possible. Really avoid all trips outside the home, even to the doctor. So, this recommendation is basically physical distancing. Staying six feet apart, so that you avoid possibility of getting air spread from someone who does have the COVD-19 infection.  
But none the less, we do not want you to restrict with social distancing. Despite all of this, it’s very, very, important to try to maintain social connections by chat rooms, by Skype, by Zoom, by all of these different technologies to stay in touch.   
However, it is important to avoid direct contact with any individuals who might possibly be infected. There is a changing opinion about the use of masks. Certainly, all healthcare providers need to be wearing masks. Also, people in public positions, in stores and the like that are still open, do also need to wear masks. And frankly, if available, I recommend that al myeloma patients that if they happen to need to go out would consider using masks.   
But, the BOTTOM LINE recommendation besides staying home as much as possible, is to wash your hands frequently if you have any contact with the outside world, or with any goods, or deliveries, or mail coming to your home. Wash your hands carefully afterwards, and this will provide you with the maximum protection and allow you to stay away from this unique COVID-19 infection.   

Image of Dr. Brian G.M. DurieDr. Brian G.M. Durie serves as Chairman of the International Myeloma Foundation and serves on its Scientific Advisory Board. Additionally, he is Chairman of the IMF's International Myeloma Working Group, a consortium of nearly 200 myeloma experts from around the world. Dr. Durie also leads the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®.


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