The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 was first reported in China in December 2019 and has rapidly spread worldwide. There have been more than 110 million cases worldwide and nearly 2.5 million deaths. In the U.S., there have been more than 28 million cases and a half million deaths.
The virus is commonly spread by people with no or few symptoms, unknowingly carrying the infection.
Cancer patients who get the virus have a higher chance of major complications and death. Many cancer patients have additional risk factors such as being over 65 years of age, lung disease, diabetes, and other factors. Cancer treatment may increase the chance of COVID complications.
There are currently two vaccines available in the United States for the prevention of COVID-19 infection, both of which are highly effective. A third vaccine is expected to be approved in the near future.
Please, get the vaccination — for yourself, for your family, and for our cancer patients.
We need your help.