• Absolutely! The general public health recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make good sense at any time, but more so during times such as the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Things like keeping social distance, frequent and proper handwashing, avoiding large crowds, keeping surfaces clean and disinfected, and not touching your face when your hands are not thoroughly washed are all good strategies for anyone, but maybe even more important for cancer patients and survivors who may be immune-compromised. 
  • The CDC is keeping on top of the situation and there is no specific reason that any additional measures like wearing a facemask, or other apparatus when you are not sick, is needed if you are already following the advice they are giving. You can find the CDC guidance here on its website. 


  1. https://www.cancer.net/blog/2020-03/common-questions-about-coronavirus-2019-and-cancer-answers-patients-and-survivors
  2. https://www.cancer.gov/contact/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus
  3. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(20)30150-9/fulltext 
  4. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927215 
  5. https://www.nccn.org/covid-19/