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Coronavirus: Things to know
4/14/20, Issue #4
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: prevention
Allergies, COVID or flu?
As the annual pollen onslaught begins to arrive in the Sacramento region, infectious disease specialist Dean Blumberg discusses key differences in symptoms. See the news report
Smokers: More help for quitting NOW
“We’re seeing clinical reports that those who smoke and have COVID-19 can get sicker than those who don’t,” says cessation expert Elisa Tong, who notes free nicotine patches are now widely available. Another worry for doctors: vaping (anything).

Check your COVID "facts" twice – or even thrice
“Even if a piece of information is found to be false, that information lingers,” say UC Davis social media researchers. “That original impression doesn’t erase itself just because you’re exposed to fact-checking information.” Learn more

News you can use: wellness
Reducing anxiety: Tips for kids with autism
Two MIND Institute psychologists share strategies for families with kids and those on the autism spectrum – during shelter-in-place. Read the Q&A or watch interviews with Megan Tudor and Breanna Winder-Patel.
Working at home with your pet?
Animals like cats are creatures of habit – and you being home all day is not their normal routine, says UC Davis vet med postdoc Mikel Delgado. Read the news report

Updates in your community
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 also has a dedicated coronavirus website 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
For a kidney patient, hope beats a pandemic
17-year-old Alex was born without kidneys. On March 22, his life changed forever when he received a living kidney donation during the coronavirus epidemic. Read the Sac Bee column (subscription may be required)

The search for solutions
California universities’ global role
UC Davis scientists have been studying the novel coronavirus nonstop since February, making the school one of the state’s leading research sites. Read more in EdSource

Letters of kindness
Many thanks from the community
We're grateful! Our partner the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team has asked fans and supporters to submit thoughtful messages for our health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Want to help more?
If you’re in a position to help, you might consider donating bloodmedical supplies or financial resources.
Learn more

Keep doing the five six!

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