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Although there is still limited information about all of the risk factors for COVID-19, it is known that people with underlying conditions like COPD, diabetes mellitus and heart disease are at higher risk for contracting the virus and for severe complications.
COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus now named SARS-CoV-2. While it is in some ways related to other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, no one has prior immunity which means the entire human population is prone to contract the virus. The primary transmission is by touching a surface that has the virus and then touching a mucous membrane (nasal cavity, eye conjunctiva, the inside of your mouth). It is transmitted in respiratory droplets that can land on a surface or be inhaled by another person within feet of the carrier.
Who is at Risk for Contracting COVID-19?
Everyone. Period. What makes COVID-19 more significant than other viruses is that it can easily affect younger, healthy people. They are prone to the same serious complications as older patients. Deaths have been recorded for young healthy patients with no pre-existing medical conditions.
Who is at Higher Risk for Serious Complications from COVID-19?
A brief list includes:
- People over the age of 60
- A history of heart disease, diabetes, COPD and asthma
- Immunocompromised patients including those receiving chemotherapy
What Should I Know About Prostate Cancer and COVID-19?
Since this virus is new, there is not much information on how this virus may affect prostate cancer patients. It is known, that, in general patients with cancer are considered among the high-risk groups.
Should I delay my prostate cancer treatment or follow up?
No, you should NOT wait to discuss your treatment options if your cancer has not been treated. Cancers continue to grow every second of every day. While we want you to take proper precautions against getting COVID-19, we do not want you to lose sight of receiving proper treatment and care for your prostate cancer.
How Should I Proceed?
You can schedule your Telemedicine Consultation via our video conferencing system or with a telephone call.
Also, we continue to maintain normal office hours to provide needed care for our patients. Our dedicated staff is here for you every day
Contact Western States HIFU at 844-HIFU DOC, (844-443-8362), with questions or concerns about your prostate cancer treatment options.
This post was written by Western States HIFU