COVID-19 is recently identified virus that causes an illness that resembles influenza (“the flu”). Although most infected persons experience mild illness and recover with supportive care, persons with severe infection may develop shortness of breath and severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization and possibly intensive care.
Fever, cough, muscle aches and sore throat are the most common symptoms.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
Can the virus be spread by contact with infected surfaces or objects?
Most infected people begin to experience symptoms between two and 14 days after exposure.
In presence of suggestive symptoms, oral and nasal swabs are collected and sent for analysis. Additional testing may include sputum analysis, chest X-ray and CT scan depending on the severity of symptoms.
Based on early reports, elderly people, persons with chronic medical problems like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease tend to be the ones who develop severe infection.
However, because their immune systems have been suppressed, all transplant recipients need to be extra cautious in avoiding the exposure or infection and need to be evaluated medically if they develop the symptoms mentioned above.
Take everyday precautions
Take everyday preventive actions
Have supplies on hand
CDC does not recommend using masks for infection prevention. However, you need to wear a mask if:
Offering the state's only kidney transplant program, University Transplant has been changing patients' quality of life since the program began in November 1962. A living donor program was added in 1992, providing recipients with a higher long-term survival rate.
University Transplant has one of the shortest wait times in the United States for those needing a new kidney. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for transplant organ distribution throughout the United States and at UMMC.
A kidney transplant can be a life-changing treatment option for patients with irreversible kidney failure, such as dialysis patients or those with stage IV or V of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Donated kidneys are carefully cross-matched to ensure the greatest compatibility between the patient and donor. Kidneys are obtained either from a living donor (usually a relative) or a deceased organ donor.
The majority of kidneys transplanted come from deceased organ donors in the United States. Organ donors are adults who have become critically ill and will not live as a result of their illness. Parents or spouses can also agree to donate a deceased relative's organs to an unknown person on an organ transplant waiting list maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Another option made available at University Transplant is a kidney transplant from a living donor. Family members or unrelated individuals who make a good match may be able to donate a kidney. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the kidney that remains.
Patients and caregivers attend an education class where they learn the necessary steps in planning for a transplant.
Transplant recipients receive follow-up care at our transplant clinic for the first three months after transplantation.
At six months post-transplant, recipients can continue with a provider of choice, reducing travel expenses for out-of-town patients. The University Transplant coordinator will continue to follow up with the recipient on a yearly basis to assess his/her condition.
Easy access to care for our patients is important to us. For kidney transplant patients who live more than one hour from Jackson, we provide pre-transplant evaluation services at our outreach clinics in Grenada and Biloxi.
University Transplant offers a patient-led support group for all transplant patients.