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Belgian researchers hope that antibodies from Winter, a 4-year-old llama with great eyelashes, can become a short-term prevention for the novel coronavirus. Sharks also have unique antibodies but are “a lot less cuddly than llamas,” they said.
Coronavirus: Things to know
5/15/20, Issue #13
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
Update: How coronavirus affects kids and teens
New evidence suggests the virus behaves differently in kids compared to adults, and that children can become severely ill. Pediatric emergency medicine researcher Nathan Kuppermann discussed what parents need to know with Capital Public Radio. Listen now
Risk-averse or risk-seeker?
Business reopenings will force people at both ends of the risk-tolerance spectrum to operate outside of their comfort zones, says professor Michael Wilkes. Read the news report
UC Davis leaders and scientists answer pressing COVID-19 questions
UC Davis leaders and researchers gathered virtually May 14 to answer the public’s questions about COVID-19, ranging from the safety of homemade masks to whether children or pets could transmit the virus. Read more

News you can use wellness
During shelter-in-place, online gaming helps teens with autism build social skills
Teens practice many of the skills they used to learn in regular in-person groups, including reciprocal conversation, appropriate use of humor, and turn taking. Read more

Updates in your community
Thanks for helping to keep our shared community safe!

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
A random, powerful act of kindness
Nancy Cabrellis donated a kidney, anonymously, to a complete stranger during the coronavirus pandemic. She had no idea who would get it, or what their life was like. Read her story
Delivering at the hospital during coronavirus
Perinatal nurse educator and safety specialist Angelique Silva answered questions about delivering a baby during the pandemic. Watch on YouTube

The search for solutions
To help vaccines work, staying a step ahead of a mutating virus
Viruses can change to aid their own survival – and that can reduce vaccine effectiveness. To help scientists beat the novel coronavirus, a new UC Davis project will use algorithms to predict the nastiest potential mutations. Read more
Webinar: Healthy aging at home in a digital world
How can society create ways of caring for seniors in the comfort of their own homes? With telemedicine pioneer Thomas Nesbitt and gerontology and nursing expert Heather Young. Register or learn more about the ‘Big Idea’ initiative

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 human rights during the crisis, the susceptibility of whales and other wildlife to the coronavirus, and pandemic-inspired business trends that are here to stay.
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