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These uncertain times are stressful and upsetting for people who’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it’s also known) is a potentially serious respiratory illness for those with underlying medical conditions.
Although the virus can range in severity from person to person, those suffering from mesothelioma may be particularly at risk of serious infection. This is because mesothelioma can weaken your immune system and your body’s ability to fight the virus.
In this article, specialist asbestos disease solicitor Andrew Stinchcombe summarises the useful guidance which has been issued by Cancer Research UK to vulnerable patients with underlying medical conditions.
The symptoms of coronavirus include:
As a mesothelioma patient, if you are having coronavirus symptoms, you should consult with your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible. It is important not to put your health at further risk. If you are feeling seriously unwell, you should call 999.
It is perfectly normal to feel anxious during these unprecedented times.
As a result of the virus, there may be changes to your hospital appointments and treatment plan. You may be having telephone appointments with your consultant or specialist nurse instead of face-to-face appointments. You might miss the reassurance of going into your clinic and seeing familiar faces.
Your healthcare provider will be doing their best to support and protect you from developing coronavirus.
It can be very difficult to stay at home and avoid face-to-face contact, so it’s important to stay in touch with family and friends by phone or online.
It can also help to talk to others about how you are feeling. Knowing you are not alone can help you cope better.
The charity Mesothelioma UK has a list of asbestos disease support groups that can offer online and telephone support. In the South of England and Wales these include: HASAG, SWASAG and the AASC.
If you need any further advice about coronavirus, The Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS are good sources of useful information.
All guidance and advice correct at the time of publication on 25/03/2020.
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