COVID-19 FAQ #6: What precautions should myeloma patients take when getting their groceries?
The sixth episode of his ten episode COVID-19 FAQ series, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie discusses which the precautions myeloma patients should take when procuring groceries and other essentials.
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Videos in the COVID-19 Series
- FAQ #1: How can myeloma pts reduce the possibility of being exposed to the coronavirus?
- FAQ #2: What do myeloma patients need to know about COVID-19?
- FAQ #3: Do myeloma patients need to adjust their treatment?
- FAQ #4: What are some of the treatment modifications myeloma patients should consider?
- FAQ #5: What are the risk factors that could lead myeloma patients to develop serious consequences from the COVID-19 infection?
- FAQ #6: What precautions should myeloma patients take when getting their groceries?
- FAQ #7: Is it safe for myeloma patients to take walks?
- FAQ #8: Is physical distancing still recommended for myeloma patients?
- FAQ #9: Can myeloma patients avoid contracting the COVID-19 infection?
- FAQ #10: Should Myeloma patients undergo routine COVID-19 antibody testing?
- FAQ #11: Are MGUS and smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) patients considered to be at higher risk for severe consequences from a COVID-19 infection?
- FAQ #12: If a myeloma patient takes Revlimid® (lenalidomide) as maintenance treatment, should this patient continue with that treatment during the pandemic?
- FAQ #13: Is it safe for myeloma patients to resume in-person doctors' visits?
- FAQ #14: Should myeloma patients undergo ASCT during the pandemic?
- FAQ #15: Is dexamethasone helpful against the COVID-19 infection?
- FAQ #16: Is it safe for myeloma patients to travel by airplane?
- FAQ #17: How high of a risk do asymptomatic carriers pose to myeloma patients?
- FAQ #18: Is Ninlaro® a safe treatment alternative for myeloma patients during the pandemic?
This “Ask Dr. Durie” is a frequently asked question related to the COVID-19 infection. This is frequently asked question number six. This is an important question, as we are all trying to stay safe at home and avoid physical contacts. So, the question is “well, how do we get our groceries?”
Well, increasingly, it is possible to have your groceries and other things that you may need, such as medications, delivered at home. And so, this is the number one choice, try to get things that you need delivered. If they are delivered, there are special procedures on how to accept them at home. You should have whoever is bringing them lay them down by your door, you do not want to have contact with the delivery individual, and then you need to be careful about introducing the groceries into your home.
If you're not able to get the groceries delivered, what you can do is go to the store but with careful precautions. Most stores these days have special times particularly for individuals over the age of sixty-five, where you can go during a special time, first thing in the morning when the store opens, so that you would have less contact with individuals.
I recommend where you would use wipes to wipe the handle of your basket, that you would avoid people in the store and just be very, very limited in your contact with the various goods that you want to purchase. Put them in your cart, and then take them to the checkout counter. Most of the stores these days have either masks for the checkout people, or some have even plastic barriers between you and the checkout clerk these days. And then, once you get the groceries loaded up into your bag, you can take them on home.
There are some wonderful videos, one recently posted is by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, where he has an excellent video of how to unload the groceries when they are home. And this is true for those that may have been delivered, and those that you may have brought home yourself. And this is something to follow, where you carefully have a transition from the dirty area, where you take the groceries out and put them over on to the clean side of your house, having wiped them down. And then, for this process, it is recommended that you do wear gloves, and in the video, you can see the careful and the best way to remove your gloves once you have unloaded the groceries ready to put them in the cupboard or to prepare them for use.
And so, BOTTOM LINE, you do need to get your groceries regularly. It’s a good idea if you’re going out, in particular, to load up for maybe a week or so right now. If you're getting them delivered, that is excellent, and you can do that obviously more frequently. But, do pay attention with any of these goods which are coming into your home from the outside, and avoid contact with individuals who are delivering, or who are roaming around in the grocery stores, if you happen to go out there. So, do pay attention. The key thing, is to avoid exposure to avoid contact with the COVID-19.
Dr. 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®.