COVID-19, Cancer and me: Jennifer Young’s guide to oncology safety during a pandemic
6 months ago
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected nearly every person on the planet. Whether you personally have had a positive diagnosis or a family member has, or you are a key services worker on the front line fighting the pandemic, or perhaps you have had to rearrange your entire life by home-schooling the kids or working from home (like Team JY) – everyone’s lives will have been upturned by the events of the last few months. For a select group of people, those in the higher risk category, the conditions of self-isolation are a lot stricter than for the rest of the general public. The ‘high-risk’ category as described by the NHS includes1:
- People who have had an organ transplant
- People who have certain types of cancer
- People who have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- People who have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- People who have pre-existing conditions that make it more likely to contract infections
- People who are taking medicine that weakens their immune system
- People who are pregnant and have serious heart condition
- Take up a hobby – remember that craft kit that has been sat in a box in the cupboard for ten years? Time to get it out
- Pamper yourself – long baths, face masks, hair masks, any kind of mask you can get your hands on! This isn’t just for women either; it’s the perfect opportunity for you gents out there to get a bit of self-care in.
- Social media – Video call your family or play online games to keep in touch during social distancing. Not being in the same house doesn’t mean that you can’t have some quality family time.
- We have an archive of blogs and research that will keep you occupied for hours. Why not take a look into our online community?
- We are running a free online cross-infection control training during this worrying time. You can sign up for free on our new Jennifer Young Training School site, where you will also find lots of other great training courses including our new free online cancer awareness course.
- Our dispatch and manufacture teams are still working to fulfil orders (separately of course), so you can still get your Jennifer Young Beauty Despite Cancer essentials. Perhaps invest in some products to help out with that pamper time we were talking about?
- Here is the full government advice on self-isolating and quarantine:
- Feeling lonely and is your mental health suffering during from quarantine: