Coronavirus and cancer

Here, you’ll find information for young people and families about coronavirus and cancer.

For full coronavirus guidelines, see the government websites for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your coronavirus checklist

We’re all used to the coronavirus guidelines changing, sometimes very quickly. So if you’re feeling confused about what you need to know about coronavirus as a young person with cancer, follow these steps.

  1. Stay up to date with any restrictions or recommendations in your local area. You can do that through your country’s government website - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  2. Keep up to date with how your treatment might be affected, including the coronavirus vaccine and how to get yours. You can do that by talking with your clinical team.
  3. Read up on how to support your mental wellbeing, too. You can do this on our info page, or by talking with your clinical team or someone you trust.

Keeping safe from coronavirus

There are still some restrictions and recommendations in parts of the UK to keep us safe from coronavirus. These may be different in different parts of the UK. Find out more through your country’s government website - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Even if there aren’t legal restrictions where you live, but you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, it’s still advised to follow additional steps to help protect you from infection:

  • Keep your distance if you go out and avoid long periods of close contact with others
  • Meet people outdoors as much as possible, or in a well-ventilated space
  • Wear a mask in busy closed spaces, like shops. You’ll still need to wear one in some countries and some places, like in clinical settings (at the hospital or doctors, for example) and on some public transport
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more
  • Don’t leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms, and get a test as soon as possible. The main symptoms are:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Find more symptoms and where to get a test from the NHS.

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