COVID-19 is changing the way we live our lives, at least for a time. Transplant recipients, especially, worry about their risk of catching COVID-19 and how it will impact their health.
BMT InfoNet has compiled some resources to help you manage life during the time of COVID-19.
Watch a video: Coronavirus: What Transplant Recipients Need to Know
Transplant physician Areej El-Jawahri MD, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Infectious Disease expert Alyssa Letourneau MD, MPH, discuss:
- the risk for transplant recipients of being infected by COVID-19
- how long the COVID-19 virus can remain on items in our environment
- strategies to protect yourself from COVID-19
A transcript is also available for this video. CLICK HERE to view the video and read the transcript.
Tips for Coping with Anxiety During the COVID-19 Crisis
It's normal to be anxious about COVID-19 and the uncertainty it brings to our lives. Get some expert tips about how to manage your anxiety. CLICK HERE to view the tips.
Financial Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Healthwell Foundation offers a $250 grant to people at high risk of getting COVID-19 including:
- the elderly
- people living in areas where COVID-19 is prevalent
- people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or a member of their household has tested positive
- patients who have been advised to self-quarantine
The grant can only be used for COVID-19 related delivery of food and medication, diagnostic costs, telehealth costs and transportation. CLICK HERE for more information. To apply for this program you must phone 800-675-8416.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers a $250 COVID-19 grant for non-medical expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities and food. You may be eligible if you are a U.S. citizen, have a blood cancer and are in active treatment or follow-up. You do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis and there is no income criteria.
Read a Story about a Transplant Recipient Who Survived COVID-19
It seemed like deja vu for transplant survivor, Peter Gordon, as he reached into his closet for the masks and gloves he wore for months after his transplant. His wife, Mary Ann, was returning from a trip to Germany, and would need to be isolated for two weeks to be sure she did not have COVID-19. Things did not turn out as planned.
CLICK HERE to read Peter and Mary Ann's story of how they fought COVID-19.
Try Practicing Mindfulness to Help Manage Stress
Transplant survivor and therapist, Melanie Stachelski MA, explains how mindfulness - being present in the moment - can help manage stress and overwhelming emotions, and walks the viewer through some exercises to introduce this tool.
CLICK HERE to view Melanie's presentation and read a transcript of her talk.
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