Newsletter March 27th 2020
Italy is in full Coronavirus emergency, and together we must try to contain the spread as much as possible by following the guidelines provided by the Italian government.
We repeat, for us all, to not leave the house to order to not only protect ourselves but our loved ones and the small patients we are always fighting to protect.
I STAY AT HOME
IT IS THE MOST WISE AND RESPONSIBLE CHOICE THAT EACH OF US CAN TAKE !!!
PROGETTO HEAL stands as a:
- Support vehicle for all those families who find themselves sharing the experience of pediatric cancer, in particular, brain cancer.
- Support tool for scientific research in the pediatric neuro-oncology field.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org - +39 329 8980476 - +39 07761541067
Remember that cancer patients (children and adults) are fragile, and therefore, particularly exposed to the risk of contagion from SARS-Co-V-2 (Coronavirus). We know how difficult chemotherapy is and, moreover, we understand that the immunosuppression caused by these therapies can make patients vulnerable to any virus, in particular to this virus, which we hope can be eradicated in the shortest possible time. Therefore, the research cannot stop. We will continue to take care of our pediatric cancer patients, now more than ever, because they are among the most defenseless creatures during this difficult moment in our history.
Do young brain tumor patients have a higher risk of SARS-Co-V-2 infection?
Yes, People with these brain tumor conditions have been shown to be more at risk of diseases such as COVID-19. Although it is said (newspapers / televisions / social networks) that children are not at risk of contagion from SARS-Co-V-2, but in reality the vulnerability is mainly linked to:
- Children who have undergone chemotherapy or who have undergone chemotherapy in the past three months.
- Children undergoing immunotherapy or other continuous antibody treatments for cancer.
- Children undergoing other targeted anticancer treatments that may affect the immune system such as, for example, protein kinase inhibitors.
- Children who have undergone bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the past six months.
- Children taking immunosuppressive drugs.
What can I do if my child has a higher risk of SARS-Co-V-2 infection?
The Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines for people at higher risk:
- The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:
– Among people who are in close contact with each other.
– Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs.
- Take measures to protect yourself:
– Stay home as long as possible.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
– If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all the surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they are completely dry.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Avoid close contact with sick people.
– Put a safe distance between you and other people if SARS-Co-V-2 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people at higher risk of getting sick like pediatric cancer patients.
– Make sure you have access to medicines and medical supplies for several weeks in case you need to stay at home for extended periods of time.
– Speak constantly with your medical / pediatric cancer care team.
– If you are NOT sick, it is not necessary to wear a face mask unless you are caring for a sick person who is unable to wear a face mask. Masks can be scarce and should be reserved for healthcare professionals.
– Clean and disinfect the most frequently touched surfaces daily: tables, door handles, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, telephones and smartphones, keyboards, toilets, and sinks.
– If the surfaces are dirty, clean them: use detergent or soap and water before disinfection.
What should I do if I think my child may have had contact with SARS-Co-V-2?
- Contact your doctor if the child has a fever or other symptoms related to a respiratory disease such as coughing or shortness of breath. Healthcare professionals will work with state health departments and local health authorities to find out if testing is needed.
- If the child is receiving cancer treatment that suppresses the immune system and develops fever and respiratory symptoms, call your oncologist as you would usually do if the young patient develops a fever during treatment. Follow the oncologist's instructions carefully.
We will continuously be updating this information, considering that the situation appears to be constantly evolving.
Stay tuned for more information on how to keep supporting our mission: we may be physically at a social distance, but we remain connected for any specific concerns or requests.