COVID-19 presents a real danger for people who are immunocompromised and otherwise vulnerable, two categories that describe mesothelioma patients. People diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases are at significant risk because of the damage that has already been done to their lungs, and chemotherapy treatments may have diminished their bodies’ ability to protect itself against infections of all kinds, but there is one potential benefit to the disease: people are being conscious of social distancing and wearing masks. Both of these actions can diminish the chances of mesothelioma patients being exposed to harmful agents.
Social Distancing Leave Mesothelioma Patients Lonely but Better Protected
Social distancing has been a challenge for everybody, and that includes patients who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. These victims were already facing a shortened lifespan in which every day is valuable, only to be barred from spending time with loved ones. While this may have increased their sense of isolation and loneliness, it may also have provided protection they otherwise would not have had.
Mesothelioma patients and patients being treated for other types of cancer have always been at increased risk. They have a lower level of immunity and resistance as a result of the treatments and medications that they are receiving, but it is hard to tell family and friends to stay away when they know that time is short. By contrast, the worldwide awareness of the dangers of COVID-19 have increased everybody’s sense of responsibility to others. That may not only protect mesothelioma patients from the novel coronavirus, but from other illnesses as well.
Helping Mesothelioma Patients Remain Engaged With Family and Friends
Fortunately, modern technology has made it possible for mesothelioma patients who would otherwise feel isolated as a result of social distancing and community lockdowns to remain engaged with family and friends. Zoom, FaceTime and other platforms have allowed people to stay in constant communication, helping to lift spirits and keep family members aware of how these vulnerable patients are faring. This is particularly important for those facing terminal illnesses, who are far more likely to suffer from depression and feelings of loneliness.
It is important to provide mesothelioma patients with as much support as possible during these difficult times. For information on resources available, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today at 1-800-692-8608.