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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Transplant Patients

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Division of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy

Dear Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant Community:

We know you are all aware of the arrival of a new viral infection called COVID-19 here in the US. Here are some simple measures to avoid infection:

  • Stay away from people who are ill. Avoid sick friends and family members.
  • Wash hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hand wash is preferable but when unable to do so use hand sanitizer.
  • If you think you were in contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or you are ill notify your medical team before visiting the hospital or clinic and wear a mask upon arrival.
  • Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, avoid crowds and try to remain 6 feet away from other people. Avoid travel out of the area.
  • Ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time during the peak of the outbreak. If you cannot get extra medications, consider mail order options.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. Make plans to get food brought to your home through family and friends or delivery services.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand. If you must touch something, wash your hands right away.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs from frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).

Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing early symptoms, call the transplant team at 305-243-7000. Please call 911 if you experience severe signs of disease including difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, bluish lips or face, and new confusion or unresponsiveness.

COVID-19 is just one of the many challenges you have faced as a transplant recipient. Your medical team is prepared and available to assist you. Information about the virus is constantly changing. We will provide updated information as needed at this link to help you and your family stay healthy throughout the pandemic.

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