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Covid-19 in pediatric oncology patients

Current information suggests that children are relatively spared from a severe Covid-19 disease course, including children with underlying cancer or other chronic diseases. Expert information is accumulating and may be diffused if it becomes available.
Nevertheless, it is of utmost importance to follow the physical distancing rules strictly and to stay home as much as possible.
In case of fever or any unusual complaint, it is very important to contact your treatment center immediately as usual.
In case of fever and/or any of the following symptoms – cough, runny or stuffy nose, throat pain – it is imperative to ALWAYS contact the treatment center by phone before coming to the hospital, even if you have an appointment.

Children who are not allowed to return to school are:

– patients in active/intensive treatment
– patients who received a stem cell transplantation less than 1 year ago
– patients who receive high doses of corticosteroids
– patients who were not allowed to go to school independently of the Covid crisis

All the other children and adolescents with cancer or a chronic hematologic disease can return to school, including patients receiving maintenance chemotherapy. There may be exceptions that will be discusses on a case-to-case basis.

Parents and siblings of patients at risk are allowed to return to work/school but need to respect carefully the hygienic measures. If a family member develops symptoms, please contact your family doctor and isolate.

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