COVID-19: What You Should Know

It’s hard to stay calm when the world is upside down. This is particularly true for people going through cancer, who are especially vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, there are tips and tools for how to cope from our partners at Memorial Sloan Kettering. #StaySafeStayHome

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

You can protect yourself from COVID-19 the same way you would from other respiratory infections, such as the common cold or flu.

  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

What should I do if I was potentially exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you were notified by your local health department of a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, call your doctor’s office to tell them about the exposure. They will give you instructions on what you should do. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, or chills), you must call your doctor’s office before coming to the hospital. Your doctor’s office will give you instructions so we can deliver care to you safely.

How do I stay up to date on the latest developments about COVID-19?
Continue checking the MSK web page for updates. In addition, you can also keep up to date and learn more by visiting the COVID-19 pages of the CDC ( and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ( websites.