COVID-19 is a danger to millions of Americans. This is especially true with those with mesothelioma since a majority are being treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other treatments. These can compromise the immune system.
When the asbestos industry was booming, families of workers were at great risk. Workers often came home with asbestos fibers in their hair, work clothes, and tools. This exposed family members to the toxic substance and increasing their risk of related diseases.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presented a Workers’ Home Contamination Study to Congress that showed “families of asbestos-exposed workers have been at increased risk of pleural, pericardial or peritoneal mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, and nonmalignant pleural and parenchymal abnormalities as well as asbestosis.”
Occupations that are at high risk for exposure in older buildings include firefighters, contractors, demolition workers, electricians, and plumbers. But, bakers never even knew their profession exposed them to the deadly carcinogen.
COVID-19 and Mesothelioma
COVID-19 impacts the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. Mesothelioma naturally suppresses the immune system and makes a victim more likely to be impacted by illnesses like the common cold and highly contagious coronavirus. Even minor symptoms can develop into life-threatening conditions.
It is important for mesothelioma patients protect themselves from contracting COVID-19. It is advised to stay home and limit exposure to others. Anyone can pass the virus. If someone needs to enter the home, ensure he or she wears masks and gloves. Be vigilant with constant hand washing.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommend to also have a month supply of essential prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Plus, update all emergency contact lists if anything were to happen. The organization also suggests patients discuss with their oncologists the benefits and risks of postponing treatment. Infected patients are overwhelming hospitals. So, it is important to try not to catch the virus if possible. Many with mesothelioma are reporting canceling appointments to mitigate exposure.
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