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UC Davis Health | Coronavirus Updates
Coronavirus: Things to know
5/1/20, Issue #9
A selection of updates and news-you-can-use from UC Davis Health experts, for our patients and shared community. For more, follow us on social or visit our coronavirus site.

News you can use  prevention
Enjoying the outdoors safely during COVID-19
Infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg answers questions about navigating safely. Learn more

News you can use wellness
Is my child stressed, or going through a phase?
And is mental health therapy still effective via video? Our Chief Wellness Officer Peter Yellowlees answers questions about this and more. Watch the TV report
Share this with a smoker you know
Over 40 years, one woman tried four times to quit. Now during a craving, she imagines rows of COVID-19 patients hooked to ventilators. More from UC doctors in California Healthline.

Updates in your community
Thanks for your continued help in flattening Northern California's curve.

County-specific information
Each of our region’s county public health departments have their own coronavirus websites, with information about local cases, transmission and responses:
The state of California has a coronavirus site with statewide numbers and updates. A web tool by UC Davis researchers also reports cases and testing across the globe, and at the country, state and county levels. Learn more or visit the app

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

Health care on the front lines
Transfusion treatments now underway
Two UC Davis Health COVID-19 patients have received transfusions of “convalescent’ blood plasma from a recovered patient, in an effort to help the sick patients. UC Davis needs blood donations from people who have recovered from the virus. Read more (and please consider sharing our donation request)
A closer look at the role of antibody testing
How does it help during the coronavirus crisis? Capitol Public Radio's Insight program recently asked our public health chair, epidemiologist Brad Pollock. Listen now

The search for solutions
UC Davis prototypes a portable ventilator
Engineers and doctors hope the simple, inexpensive “AmbuBox” will be available for patient care in six months – in case reduced social distancing causes COVID-19 surges. Read more about this and another effort
A possible vaccine begins mouse testing at UC Davis
The university is partnering with Verndari Inc. to test the company’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, and its delivery through a skin patch. Read more or watch a TV report

Keep doing the five six!

Want to help more?
UC Davis is partnering with Vitalant in Sacramento to collect blood for convalescent plasma, a possible treatment for COVID-19. Learn more about the treatment and how to donate
With the help of generous contributions (thank you!) and careful planning, we no longer need PPE donations at this time. But we do encourage you to donate PPE to other health care providers that may still be accepting it, like our region's VA.

There may be other ways to help UC Davis Health care teams as well, if you’re in a position to do so.
Learn more

Stay informed
For more information visit our coronavirus site or follow us on social.

Bonus reading:
For more discussion of the pandemic’s larger effects on our shared society and environment, consider these stories about the future of work, the future of virtual medical visits, and expanding our body of mental health nurses.
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