Alongside the measures Icon is taking in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients, here are some general steps cancer patients can take to help protect from infections such as COVID-19.
Observe good personal hygiene and wash hands regularly
Most infections travel through the oral route. It is important to practice good hand hygiene and always wash your hands before every meal and make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for about 20 seconds and sufficiently dry them. If you don’t have access to fresh water, carry around a hand sanitiser that contains high alcohol content. Also try to avoid touching your face frequently, particularly with unclean hands.
Practice social distancing
Social distancing is one of the best ways that you can reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay 1.5 metres away from others and avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing others.
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness. Steer clear of crowded places and wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose. If you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case please monitor your health and self-isolate and call your doctor to seek medical advice immediately.
It is important to remain calm and vigilant during this time. Icon is taking every precaution to prevent spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Please continue to check the Ministry of Health website https://www.moh.gov.sg/ and/or Facebook page for updates on the evolving situation.