With the relentless spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the incidence of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has quickly reached pandemic proportions. Individuals with cancer, chronic health conditions, the elderly, and specific ethnic populations appear to be uniquely vulnerable to more severe COVID-19. Cancer patients and providers must now chart a precarious course between avoiding death due to social distancing, and risking death due to cancer treatment being delayed or stopped. The plight of at-risk patients is exacerbated by racial disparities in care, illustrated by distressing reports of increased incidence and mortality among African Americans. Health care providers are uncertain how to proceed as the pandemic situation not only impacts their patients, but also takes a toll on them physically, socially, and emotionally.
In this web-based, on-demand activity, the faculty panel will discuss, evaluate, and provide their interprofessional perspectives on cancer care, emergency medicine, and healthcare disparities as these clinical areas are impacted by COVID-19.