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:
CDC COVID-19 websiteCDC COVID-19 cases in the USCDC guidance on travel in the USAmerican Society of Transplantation COVID-19 FAQ for transplant candidates and recipients
Patients in need of a liver transplant no longer have to travel out of the state to receive treatment. Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care for adults in need of a new liver are offered through University Transplant, the state's only transplant program. Our specialized care team of experienced surgeons and hepatologists focuses on personalized family-centered care.A liver transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy organ from another person. An entire liver may be transplanted or just a section. As the only organ in the body that regenerates, a transplanted portion of liver can rebuild to normal capacity within a few weeks.Often, transplant is the last hope for a person with serious liver dysfunction. The most common liver disease leading to a transplant is cirrhosis. Other diseases that may lead to transplant include, but are not limited to:
Living with a transplant is a lifelong process. At University Transplant, we're by each patient's side every step of the way, from evaluation, through wait-listing, surgery, and for many years after transplantation.
University Transplant provides a variety of follow-up care and recommendations for patients receiving a donated liver. Our follow-up team helps patients maintain their health and enjoy a renewed way of life.In the first few months after transplantation, patients are seen in the transplant clinic for checkups. The transplant care team will review the medications that must be taken to prevent rejection of the new liver, monitor the new liver's function, address any symptoms, and answer any questions. We also work closely with each patient's local physician(s) who will play an active role in recovery.