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This page has information for people with breast cancer and their families. For general information on coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. If you have another type of cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology website has information on coronavirus for people with cancer.
What is coronavirus?
The new coronavirus was first detected in China in late 2019. This coronavirus has been named SARS-CoV-2. It causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 (which stands for coronavirus disease 2019).
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. However, some cases are severe and can lead to death.
For the latest information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC website.
Am I at risk of getting coronavirus?
People who are older or who have other health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, are at greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
If you have breast cancer and are 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.
Check the CDC website and your local public health department website for the latest information.
Resources & Information
- Real Pink Podcast on Apple Podcasts: Prioritizing Safety and Health During COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)
- Real Pink Podcast on Google Play: Prioritizing Safety and Health During COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)
- Grab & Go Meal Sites: All children up to 18 years of age are eligible to receive a free packed breakfast/lunch at any of these sites. Children to not need to be enrolled in that school district to receive meals, but they do need to be present. Find a meal site here.
- FEEST School Families: Families with students at FEEST schools (Chief Sealth, Evergreen, Rainier Beach, and Tyee High Schools) can request FREE groceries delivered to their home. All you have to do is fill out this form, give us your shopping list, your contact information, and let us know when you’d like your delivery.
- Food Lifeline: Find a partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood here. Food is FREE & available, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.
- Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable. Curb side pickup available. Open to anyone of ANY AGE and NO ID REQUIRED. More info here.
- Mutual Aid Solidarity Network: If you would like food or other supplies dropped off at your front door, please use the link to complete this form. We are prioritizing folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color — including those displaced from Seattle to the nearby areas.
- South Seattle & East Side Mutual Aid: South Seattle & Eastside Mutual Aid COVID-19 “Request Support” Form. If you would like food or other supplies dropped off on your porch, or have someone check in on you, please use this form to let us know what support you need.
- Kizyuki Ramen is giving free lunches to children under 18 at their Northgate, West Seattle, and Tacoma Mall locations from 11am – 2pm on weekdays. Pick up only. More info here.
- Frelard Tamales is offering free pick up of meals at their Greenlake location. Staff will make sandwiches and other goodies for you to grab and go. Vegan options available. No purchase necessary. More info here.
- Musang Community Kitchen prepares a limited quantity of foods to take and reheat at home. Located in Beacon Hill at 2524 Beacon Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144. More info here.
- Washington Health Plan Finder: Opening enrollment to qualified individuals until May 8, 2020. More info here.
- Community Health Access Program (CHAP) is a telephone assistance program serving King County residents. CHAP services are free and confidential. They can also connect you to free or low-cost medical providers and also assist with enrolling you in public or low-cost health insurance. Phone: 1-800-756-5437
- Washington Connection: Individuals can apply online for various services here. See what benefits you are qualified for (child care, food, long-term care, Medicare savings).
- King County Call Center: If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 contact the novel coronavirus call center at 206-477-3977. Open daily from 8am to 7pm PST.
Financial & Utility Assistance
- Comcast is offering free internet access for 60 days to individuals who may qualify. More info here.
- Xfinity WiFi hot spots are currently FREE for everyone, including non-subscribers. More info here.
- More low-cost internet resources here (Purchasing electronics / discounted smart phone plans)
- Energy Assistance Programs: If you are facing unmanageable energy bills, here are some options that will help keep your service turned on.
- Rental Assistance Resources in Seattle/King County. More info here.
- Employment Security Department: Q&A for workers impacted by COVID-19 and unemployment benefits here.
- Resources for undocumented individuals here.
- Student Loan Deferment information here.
Last updated: March 24, 2020