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Coronavirus: Things to know
4/7/20, Issue #2
A selection of the latest coronavirus updates and news-you-can-use from UC Davis Health experts, for our patients and our shared community. For more, follow us on social or visit our coronavirus webpage.

News you can use
'Say it, don't spray it' – easier said than done?
Even normal speech by infected-but-symptomless people may produce enough particles to transmit coronavirus, scientists say – underscoring the need for both social distancing and aggressive research. Learn more
How long coronavirus lives on surfaces
Up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, according to UC Health researchers. Read more
How can I keep calm at the grocery store?
A once-simple errand can now feel like running the gauntlet. Our Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Peter Yellowlees shares coping tips about this and more. Watch the TV report

Creative Arts Therapy tackles anxiety, restlessness
Kids and parents can join our Creative Arts Therapy team for a therapeutic activity on Facebook LIVE every Friday at 3 p.m. The team also fields questions about art, music and supporting loved ones. Learn more

Find updates in your community
Did you know? Each of our region’s county public health departments have their own dedicated coronavirus websites, with information about local cases, transmission and responses: The state of California also has a dedicated coronavirus website with statewide numbers and updates.

Note: Infections in a community may vary against reported numbers, due to factors such as testing limitations. See local websites for context.

The search for treatments
Two new studies to treat COVID-19
UC Davis Health is one of 75 sites worldwide evaluating the investigational antiviral remdesivir, and one of 50 in the U.S. assessing sarilumab, a drug that blocks acute inflammatory response. Read our article or watch a TV report
Solving a medical mystery – and changing CDC screenings for COVID-19
UC Davis Health has published what we learned from successfully treating the first known community-acquired coronavirus case in the U.S. – an event that influenced national health policies for revising screening criteria. Read our article or watch a TV report

New: symptom checker, testing capacity
COVID-19 testing grows
Experience caring for some of the earliest COVID-19 cases, combined with an SUV-sized robot and 18-hour workdays, helped UC Davis Health develop the capacity to run hundreds of tests a day. Watch our video or read media coverage. See UC Davis Health's COVID-19 testing guidance.
Online symptom checking for COVID-19
COVID-19 is included in the MyUCDavisHealth app’s online symptom checker, which uses a series of questions to help direct patients to different levels of care. Those with suspected COVID-19 are able to immediately schedule a video visit with a triage nurse.

Continuing to address essential medical needs
Cancer doesn't take a break, even during COVID-19
“I knew they were working on the virus while still taking care of those of us who needed help during this time,” breast cancer patient Marlene Blake said about her mastectomy at UC Davis. Read her story
Support for expecting moms during a pandemic
To help support expecting moms during an anxious time, we are continuing to host labor and delivery, supported by around-the-clock expertise available from our U.S. top-20 ob/gyn service. Additional protections are in place for patients, including strict screening protocols.

Interested in finding out ways you can help?
If you’re in a position to help, you might consider donating blood – as well as medical supplies or financial resources.

UC Davis Health has hosted several blood drives in recent weeks on its Sacramento campus, with strong response from employees, students and community members.

Keep doing the five six!

Stay informed
For more information, updates and resources from a wide range of experts at UC Davis Health, visit our coronavirus webpage or follow us on social.
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