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Your common coronavirus questions - answered by our Oncology Nurse

Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin

Good morning Everyone,

How are you all doing? Hope you and your families are staying safe.

Over the past few days we received many questions about keeping safe, taking extra precautions, caring for a loved one and many more amidst the current situation - and we had @LizzyB73 @LizzyB73, our friendly Oncology Specialist Nurse answer them.

Below I'll post a couple of Questions & Answers, but please do take a look at all here:

If you have questions, feel free to post under this thread, or ask Liz directly here. We'll do our best to help you.

These are very difficult times for all of us, please do remember our lovely members are here to listen 24/7. Whether you're looking for advice, answers or just up for some chit-chat, do not hesitate to join our existing discussions or post a new one. ❤️

Look forward to chatting more,

Blanka (& Team Live Better With)


Please note that our position is subject to change in response to national guidance and the fast-moving nature of the situation. 

I'm receiving chemotherapy. Should I stay at home? 

In a word, yes as far as possible. It is vitally important that you monitor your temperature if you are on chemotherapy and if it is raised above 37.5 degrees centigrade, then make contact with your health care professionals at the cancer centre you are being treated at. Do not feel you are wasting anyone’s time by not mentioning it. They would much rather you made contact as soon as possible. The government has issued guidance as per above table for social distancing and patients on chemotherapy should adhere to this.   

I'm caring for a loved one. Can I go out and about, go to work, do the groceries etc. Is there anything I need to do to protect our health?

As per national guidance issued on 16th March it is recommended and advised that everyone in the country needs to do what they can to stop the spread of coronavirus as per the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.  

I'm feeling very anxious and worried, can I talk to anyone?

It is completely natural to be anxious particularly with the recent guidance that instructs people to socially distance themselves from others at this time. 

You can always contact @KarinSieger, our lovely Emotional Wellbeing Advisor here, or Macmillan Cancer Support here.


  • Geena1Geena1 Posts: 2

    Why is this virus so different from the regular flu? Why are so many precautions being taken than with the regular flu?

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse



    good question

    Aches and pains, sore throat , fever - although they may feel similar to those suffering from their symptoms, the novel coronavirus is not the same as the seasonal flu.

    Without wishing to create too much more alarm, the illness caused by coronavirus, proves deadly in about 4% of confirmed cases which is a much higher mortality rate than the seasonal flu.

    Hence, all the need to take heed of advice and stay away from others to avoid transmission

    hope that helps

    Liz 💕

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
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