For the patients of Jay Fishman, Director of the Transplant Infectious Disease and Compromised Host Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the emerging COVID-19 infection control practices are just another day. “Infection control always follows a similar set of principles,” he explains. “The most important things for people to do now are the things I always recommend to organ transplant and cancer patients.”
Hand-washing, avoiding spaces where sick people gather—they’re essential habits for Dr. Fishman’s patients, who generally don’t get sick more frequently despite their immunocompromised status, but tend to be sicker for longer than the general population. For this reason, he says, it’s critical that we all follow the recommended protocols, and resist downplaying the risk.
“Even if it’s not a serious illness for you, there are people in your life that you can infect—and you have the obligation and responsibility to take care of your loved ones,” he adds.
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