Coronavirus - What You Need to Know!

Buy now you all must have heard about a new health threat, Coronavirus, infecting and rapidly spreading throughout the world. This virus is a particularly dangerous infection for the elderly and immune suppressed, lucky us! This discussion seeks to provide facts and tips from the Center for Disease Control, to help wade through the myriad of misinformation being circulated from various sources. Please treat this infection seriously, as it will last into the summer and beyond and will require your attention.

 

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

How COVID-19 Spreads
Person-to-person spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

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.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern external icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

 

 

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  • Hi Kidneyboy, thanks for sharing this. Ever since this troublesome news has been out, i have been scouting for relevant information wrt our tx community. I'm particularly keen to understand the treatment protocol in case someone is on immunosuppressants. My understanding is that the tx meds need to be brought down for the body to be able to mount a response against the virus. That however comes with the risk of rejection on tx. Any verifiable info from fellow members will help.

    All aside, the best hope is in prevention. I'm singing alot of happy birthday lately while handwashing :)

    • As always, your Tx team will be your best source of guidance, specific to you. I would not change doses without their approval. While contracting Coronovirus is a possibility, rejection is a surety! 

  • I have a general question regarding us tx patients.

    I'm sure I am not the only one who may be faced with this inquiry.  My local hospital is only 10 minutes away and has now been absorbed into the Northwestern Medical system here in Chicagoland.  The main hospital in Chicago is a renowned transplant center, but my local hospital does not even have a transplant clinic.

    My transplant clinic is in another state.  My insurance is an HMO, and if I even so much as THINK about my transplant clinic, I need a referral.

    So, if I were to come down with this virus and needed hospitalization, would it be acceptable for me to go to my local hospital (which is "in network"), or would I need to go to my tx hospital?  Would you trust your local hospital to be effectively communicating with your tx hospital if you were in this situation?

    • MooseMom, 

      Check w/ your HMO.  I have a HMO in California and if it's an emergency or urgent situation, you can go get help and they will reimburse the hospital you end up at.  Depending on the situation, the hospitals might just work it out between the themselves or when the bill comes at you, you hand it over to the HMO and they pay it.

      I know w/ my HMO, they have a 800 number one can call if you end up in another  hospital -whether it's in the same state or out of state.  As long as you notify they ASAP, they seem to be okay w/ it.  Again, just check w/ your HMO and see what they say so you're prepared for not just CV-19, for any emergency situation should one arise.

      • Good idea!  I think I'[ll make a list of all relevant phone numbers to have on hand.

    • Your PCP can order a test if you feel symptoms (fever, cough, body aches.) Your local public health officials can be more informative and the test can be read locally, as well.

      • I saw my nephrologist on 3/09 for a routine follow-up to my transplant 2 1/2 years ago.  She told me that IF I develop symptoms, I should call my primary care doctor and ask to be tested.  Many facilities now have drive-up testing, so we don't even need to get out of the car.  Then go home and wait for results and further instructions.

        • That's helpful and interesting.  Thanks!

           

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