The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone. We've seen almost 750,000 cases in Louisiana and more than 14,000 deaths over the last 18 months. For those living with a chronic disease like mesothelioma, COVID-19 can be particularly dangerous. So, it's important to understand the risks and the precautions you and your loved ones can take to stay healthy.
Health Risks from Mesothelioma
Because mesothelioma affects your lungs and body's ability to process oxygen efficiently, it's important to understand the risks of contracting COVID. Mesothelioma, which forms on the lining of the lungs or other internal organs, can result in pleural effusion or a buildup of fluid between the lungs and chest, restricting your breathing because your lungs can't fully expand.
Health data from Spain presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer indicates that nearly 20% of those with pleural mesothelioma contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic. Mesothelioma patients with COVID-19 had a nearly 75% mortality rate – alarming numbers. As a result, it's important to protect yourself as much as possible.
Precautions You Can Take
We can't always avoid people outside of our household entirely. Grocery shopping, medical visits, and work are often necessary and require interaction with the public. But you can take precautions when you're out in the world, including keeping your distance, avoiding large gatherings, and communicating with your doctor.
- Maintain Social Distance
When you must go out, try to maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others who aren't in your household. If you can, have someone shop for you or use an online grocery delivery service. If you can't rely on someone else, many stores now offer online ordering and parking lot pick up, keeping your exposure to others low.
- Be Careful in Crowds
Only 52% of people in Louisiana have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, unvaccinated people account for 82% of COVID-19-related deaths in Louisiana. Those who aren't vaccinated are also more likely to spread the virus among healthy people and those with chronic conditions like mesothelioma or other cancers. That's why it's important to avoid large gatherings. Or, if you can't avoid crowds, try to maintain social distance, and wear a mask, particularly inside.
- Talk to Your Doctor
It's important to keep seeing your doctor regularly and make sure you contact them right away if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19. If caught early, some treatments may be more effective. Of course, you should also talk to your doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots and whether they're the right choice for you and your family.
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