COVID-19 Conversation: Dr. Zosia Piotrowska, March 16, 2020

LUNGevity's Vice President of Research, Upal Basu Roy, MPH, PhD, spoke on March 16 with Zosia Piotrowska, MD, MHS, in the Thoracic Oncology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. We asked Dr. Piotrowska to answer questions that are most relevant to the lung cancer community regarding coronavirus COVID-19.

Dr. Piotrowska’s answers fall into three categories:

  • About Coronavirus - COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and Lung Cancer
  • Practical Advice

Please see below for the questions that are answered in the accompanying videos. You can download a transcript of Dr. Piotrowska's responses here (respuestas en español aquí).


About Coronavirus – COVID-19

  1. What is COVID-19?
  2. What are symptoms of COVID-19?
  3. Who is at risk of getting sick with COVID-19?
  4. How is COVID-19 spread?
  5. Are there treatments for COVID-19?

COVID-19 and Lung Cancer

  1. Are there special concerns for people with lung cancer?
  2. How immune-compromised are you on targeted therapies and immune therapies?
  3. If I get exposed to COVID-19, will I develop an infection?
  4. Should I continue to get my treatment during this time?
  5. What should I do if I develop symptoms that might be COVID-19?
  6. What do I need to do if I am going to an appointment or visiting Mass General Cancer Center?

Practical Advice

  1. Should I travel?
  2. What should I do if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms?
  3. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
  4. Does wearing a mask reduce my risk of becoming infected?
  5. How can people around me prevent the spread of COVID-19?