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Central Texans with serious underlying medical conditions take precautions against COVID-19

Posted at 10:41 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 23:45:42-04

Health experts say people with serious underlying medical conditions, like chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma or cancer, seem to be at higher risk for COVID-19.

Two-year breast cancer survivor Tyra Charmant typically likes life on the outside.

“I still have to be safe, but I like to go to the park. I like to walk. I do like to shop,” said Charmant.

However, as people shelter in place across the country, due to the coronavirus outbreak, cancer survivors like Charmant have no choice but to spend more time inside taking precautions.

She says she has only left her house twice during the last few weeks.

“Don’t want to take a chance because someone could be out there coughing," said Chatmant. "Could be airborne. So less time outside is best.”

Experts say people with weaker immune systems seem to have a higher risk for the novel coronavirus.

Fellow cancer survivor and Pink Warrior Angels of Texas founder Julie Moser helps provide financial assistance for cancer survivors in need.

She says she has seen first hand the impact the virus carries for survivors.

"Influx of applications for financial assistance in just the last seven days in itself has more than doubled, equate over $16000 dollars,” said Moser.