COVID-19 Resources & Updates

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Dr. William Fintel, Medical Director of Carilion Clinic Hematology-Oncology shared the latest news and guidance for breast cancer survivors and patients and answered viewers questions. Watch below.

BREAST CANCER AND COVID-19 RESOURCES:

• There are so many news stories and stories on social media, it’s hard to keep up and know where to go for reliable information. We link to the CDC website from komen.org for immediate access to the latest information as it is posted by the CDC – https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/coronavirus-information/

• You can also monitor our Newsroom as we post press releases – https://ww5.komen.org/Newsroom/

• The Komen Breast Care Helpline 1 877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) can provide information, psychosocial support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. The service is offered in English and Spanish from 9:00a.m. – 10:00p.m. ET. You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org

• CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

• FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.fda.gov/media/136238/download

COVID-19 INFORMATION:

Transmission

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Prevention

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Support for Patients in Active Treatment and Survivors

If you or someone you know is struggling with care or treatment costs due to recent events, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge’s Breast Care Helpline is here for you. Call 1-877-465-6636, option 2, or email helpline@komen.org, to receive assistance.

Komen’s Statement on Mammography Screenings

On Wednesday, March 18, Susan G. Komen suggested healthy women of average risk who are not symptomatic delay routine breast cancer screening this spring until a later date. Komen’s recommendation was made to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to help support our healthcare system’s need to focus resources on managing the pandemic.

However, people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should still contact their healthcare provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact Komen Virginia Blue Ridge at 540-400-8222 or info@komenvablueridge.org to be connected to local resources. Please note that warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast.

You are an important part of the Komen family, and we will get through this together. Thank you for working with us to support those affected by breast cancer, especially the most vulnerable in our city. This wouldn’t be possible without you.

Please continue to take care of YOU, your family, your friends and neighbors.

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