Update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Information regarding COVID-19 is in constant change, as is the situation regarding vaccination and prioritization for immune-compromised individuals.

If you have any COVID-19-related questions, we’ve created a specific COVID section on our website that can be accessed by clicking here or by selecting the “News & Events” tab from our homepage. In this section, you’ll find the latest news and information about the pandemic in Canada from trustworthy and reliable sources.

Any specific questions that you may have regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, delays between vaccine dosing, and prioritization within your province are best answered by your healthcare team. They’re the ones who know you and your particular situation and are therefore in a position to best address your unique concerns.

Created by, and entirely focused on, Canadians impacted by myeloma, Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization committed to providing you with the most up-to-date and reliable information on myeloma. Some of the ways we do this is through our monthly e-newsletter, “Myeloma Matters”, as well as through our social media platforms.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@myeloma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-798-5771 with any questions regarding our programs and services.

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What is COVID-19?

There are several different types of human coronaviruses circulating around the world, however the majority of them usually don’t cause severe illness. (It’s actually likely that you’ve been exposed to these types of viruses in the past.)

In rare instances, an animal coronavirus, such as COVID-19, can “jump” or evolve to humans and cause more severe illnesses. Other recent examples of animal-to-human transmission includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
 
Common symptoms of these infections include fevercoughshortness of breath , muscle aches , sore throat , and headache . These symptoms can present 2-14 days after virus exposure.

What’s my risk?

Myeloma and its treatments affect how well the immune system responds to infection. This means that people living with myeloma are at a higher risk for infection in general, even when the myeloma is stable or in remission. In fact, all people living with cancer have a higher risk of infection, as well as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and heart disease.

To learn more, watch the Myeloma Canada webinar on COVID-19 and multiple myeloma.

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