Cancer caregiver: Why COVID-19 social distancing matters

My husband, John, and I had only been married 45 days when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma on Sept. 1, 2017. Hurricane Harvey loomed over the Houston area as John was admitted to MD Anderson and underwent a gross total resection to fully remove his brain tumor. As a result of the tumor's severe pressure on his optic nerve, John lost his eyesight but completed radiation therapy at the end of 2017 and chemotherapy the following fall. John was in a monitoring phase until last November. That’s when we learned the tumor had come back. John had a second craniotomy in December 2019 and began a clinical trial in January. He is responding well.   Then news began to spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Social distancing can help prevent spread of COVID-19 Like many of our friends and family, we have been trying to quell anxieties stemming from the mass amounts of information out there about COVID-19. We had seen the graph that's been circulating online, illustrating the importance of staying home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. However, the importance of social distancing really hit home for John and me when we went out to dinner last week. There was an hour-long wait, with lots of people standing around. John and I looked at each other and thought, “Should we really be here? Is this the right choice? Is our health at risk?” Preventing COVID-19 spread is personal Social distancing is a practice aimed at preventing sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people. The goal is to reduce opportunities for COVID-19 to spread...