COVID-19 and Cancer: Oncologist Shares His View

March 12, 2020
Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH

Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses COVID-19 (Coronavirus) risk in patients with cancer and the elderly.

Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses COVID-19 (Coronavirus) risk in patients with cancer and the elderly.

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We don't have the answers yet in terms of how COVID-19 will impact immunocompromised patients. We do know from what was seen in China that elderly patients were the ones who were at higher risk of having a more serious infection. One can anticipate that immunocompromised patients might also have a more severe form of infection.

Having said that, there's a lot of development that's going on in terms of developing assays to detect this disease earlier. And [there's] also a lot of work being done on vaccines. So there's a lot of work being done which could change the natural history of this disease.