Amid the uncertainty that surrounds the nation right now, one thing that remains certain is that Susan G Komen is committed to the safety, wellness and heath of our participants, families, employees and the Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe communities we serve. As a result of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to share that we have taken the necessary precautions to protect our community, and in addition to following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations we have cancelled all spring events until further notice.
We have also temporarily closed the Susan G Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale office and transitioned to a virtual workforce until April 3rd. If this date must change, we will be sure to update you as we get more information. Please remember that we are committed to the breast cancer community we serve and will continue to be available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and via phone at 954-909-0454 and 954-909-0458.
This is undoubtedly a challenging time, but the fact is, cancer does not stop and neither do we. Susan G. Komen remains available to provide information, support, and guidance to patients and families via our free Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at email@example.com.
Susan G. Komen also has several resources available about coronavirus and cancer, including information about our More Than Pink Walk scheduled for October 17th, 2020.
For the latest information, including more detailed responses to some common questions, please visit the following websites:
• US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• World Health Organization (WHO)
We hope you, your families, and your loved ones remain safe and in good health during this challenging time. Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the passion and dedication of our community.
Thank you for your continued support of our mission and for all you are doing to help lead our vision of a world without cancer.
Real Pink Podcast: Prioritizing safety and health during COVID-19 with Susan Brown
During this time of uncertainty, it is important for breast care patients and survivors to minimize risk during COVID-19. Oncology nurse Susan Brown offers tips on how to prioritize safety and protect physical and mental health.
Updated March 23, 2020
CORONAVIRUS – FAQs
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and other, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 as the official name for the disease that is causing the current novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. COVID-19, “CO” stands for Corona, “VI” virus, and “D” for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. As information regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC website https://ww.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for the most up to date information.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Individuals infected with coronavirus have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
▪ shortness of breath
We ask everyone to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, before touching your face, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Avoid people with respiratory conditions
- Ask people who come to your home to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they arrive
There are no extra precautions for most people who have completed cancer treatment.
However, if you’re on chemotherapy or immunotherapy, or you have metastatic breast cancer, your immune system may be weakened. This means you have an increased risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. The CDC advises you take these extra steps:
- Avoid crowds as much as possible
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
- When out in public, stay away from those who are sick and wash your hands often
- If there’s an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible
If you have symptoms and have traveled to an affected country or have been in contact with someone who’s been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your doctor.
The CDC recommends facemasks only be used by people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
If you are well, you don’t need a facemask to protect yourself from COVID-19.
If you have travel plans, check the CDC website for recommendations on postponing or canceling travel.
The Komen Breast Care Helpline 1 877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) can provide information, psychosocial support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. The service is offered in English and Spanish from 9:00a.m. – 10:00p.m. ET. You can also email the helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are additional resources from trusted sources you may find helpful. Keep in mind this is a rapidly evolving situation and some of this information is likely to change.
- CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- ACS: Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak
- NCI: Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know https://www.cancer.gov/contact/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus?cid=eb_govdel
Experts from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)—a Member Institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) are sharing insights and advice on how to continue providing optimal cancer care during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. SCCA includes the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, which are located in the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Click here to read more.
Susan G. Komen Suggests Non-Symptomatic Women Delay Routine Breast Cancer Screening This Spring
Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, today suggested healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year. The organization stressed that people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. Komen made the recommendation to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support. Click here to read more.
Komen CORONAVIRUS EVENTS – FAQs
The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff is our top concern. We are monitoring the situation closely, consulting CDC recommendations, and evaluating options for rescheduling our event out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our participants and to help prevent further spread in our communities. Stay tuned to our social media channels.
We will continue to follow current local, WHO, and CDC recommendations for combating COVID-19. As updates to protocol are recommended, we will provide additional information. This includes making the following special accommodations for our events:
- Hand sanitizer stations available across event site
- Additional hand washing stations available
- Electronic sanitizing wipes available to cleanse shared registration items
- Serving gloves for all volunteers handing out food or beverages
Yes! While attending our event is the best way to celebrate together, you can still fundraise to help create a world without breast cancer. At the end of the day, it’s about what we make possible together through your fundraising.
While you might not be onsite with your community, you can create a community of your own through our online fundraising tools. Check out these tips to maximize your online fundraising:
- Customize your participant fundraising center so everyone knows why you support Susan G. Komen. Sharing your story is a big indicator of fundraising success, so make sure to share the link to your participant center through social media and email.
- Make sure you have activated your Facebook fundraiser through your participant center. Just login to your fundraising center at the top of this page and click the “Start a Facebook fundraiser” link. Make sure you invite your Facebook friends to your fundraiser and reshare often!
- Get creative! We know you may need to change your fundraising plans, but now is a great time to be creative with how you’ll hit your goal.
Yes! All fundraisers qualify for our fundraising recognition program! Can’t make it to event? Contact your local Komen staff to redeem your t-shirt. For those of you who fundraise $250 and above, you will be contacted approximately 4 weeks after the event to redeem your thank you gift.
All participant registration fees are non-refundable, as per the waiver that you sign when you sign up to participate in this year’s event. Please contact your local Komen office if you’d like to turn your registration fee into a tax-deductible donation to support our mission.