What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
What is novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
How could I protect myself from getting infected?
– The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To protect yourself practice below guidelines:
1. Hand Hygiene – Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place. If soap & water not readily available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
2. Social Distancing – Avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home as much as possible. Have a safe distance of at least 6 feet between yourself & other people when you are in a public place.
3. Cover mouth & nose – When you are in a public place, try to use a cloth face cover or a mask to cover your mouth & nose.
4. Clean & disinfect – Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
High risk categories per currently available information:
– People aged 65 years or older
– People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
– People who are immunocompromised (Many conditions cause a person to be immunocompromised including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications)
– People with severe obesity (BMI>40), diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease
What is community spread?
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
What to do if you are sick
COVID-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs and airways.
- Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C or greater)
- Shortness of breath (trouble breathing)
- Sore throat
Some patients also report:
- Loss of a sense of taste or smell
- Feeling achy
If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a preexisting health condition, such as asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you must stay home.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms associated with COVID-19, isolate yourself at home immediately. After three to four days, if you still feel sick, contact your health care provider. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 911.
How does the virus spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
What are the symptoms and complications corona virus can cause?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
- Shortness of breath
When to Seek Medical Attention?
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Who is eligible to donate blood from which convalescent plasma is made?
You must have been symptom-free for a period of time, usually at least 14 days.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to show that you now have a negative test. You can begin that process yourself by contacting the organization that tested you in the first place. Some locations that take plasma may be able to provide the COVID-19 test, but most will not.
If you think you had COVID-19, but did not actually have a positive test, the donation site will likely test your blood to see if you have antibodies to the virus, which will tell you whether you were infected with the virus in the past
Donation sites may request that you wear a mask while donating. For more info visit click here
If i need to test for antibodies where can it be done in Detroit area?
ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING BOTH ANTIBODY TESTING & NP SWAB
1. 33722 Woodward Avenue,
Birmingham, MI 48009
2. 29984 Telegraph Road,
Southfield, MI 48034
3. 1010 N Campbell Road,
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Can i donate plasma after 14 days of recovery or 28 days of recovery?
Donors must have had a positive COVID-19 test, have gone 14 days without symptoms with a current negative COVID-19 test, or have gone 28 days no symptoms if they do not have a negative test. Refer Michigan Medicine site. For more information click here
If you or anyone you know lost your job and health insurance due to COVID-19 what are the options?
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Will breathing exercises prevent pneumonia?
Breathing exercises is also one of the good ways on how to prevent pneumonia naturally. Most of breathing exercises will help improve your lungs function and immune system, since then reduce the risk of getting pneumonia. The breathing exercises also help you get a healthy body to prevent from other diseases.
Watch this videos to learn how to do the breathing excercise
COVID-19 Resources FAQs
Where can i get information on plasma donation or donor information?
Below is site for plasma donation and donor info and it is national site
Where do i contact if i need someone to talk to?
MDHHS has launched a statewide, peer-run warmline for Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma.
If an individual who is fully recovered from coronavirus willing to donate plasma to other patients where to register?
If you are seeking Convalescent blood plasma to treat a critical COVID-19 patient, where can i register?
If a donor is ready, where do physician needs to submit the form for patients?
The information on this page is intended for clinicians and hospitals to obtain COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for their patients. Click here
What is Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma?
If you become unemployed during the covid-19 crisis. How to apply unemployment benefits
The following groups can now apply for unemployment benefits:
- People who can’t work because of family care responsibilities, such as those who don’t have childcare due to school and daycare closures, and those who are taking care of sick loved ones
- People who don’t have access to paid leave and are sick, quarantined, or can’t work because of compromised (weakened) immune systems
- First responders who become sick or are quarantined because of exposure to COVID-19
Workers who are laid off can still apply for benefits, even if the layoff is temporary. This includes people who cannot work or are underemployed.
The deadline to file an unemployment application is extended from 14 to 28 days from the last day worked.
Eligible workers can now get more weeks of unemployment benefits. The EO increased total benefit weeks from 20 to 26 for all eligible workers.
During this time, people getting benefits will no longer have to search for work to keep getting benefits.
As of Sunday, March 29, the Michigan Unemployment Agency (UIA) started an application filing schedule based on the last name of applicants. People with last names starting with A-L can file their applications online on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. People whose last names start with M-Z can file on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. If anyone missed their day, they can file online on Saturdays.
People who would prefer to file their application over the phone can call 1-866-500-0017 between 8:00 am and 5:00pm. If their last name starts with A-L, they can call on Mondays and Wednesdays. If their last name starts with M-Z, they can call Tuesdays and Thursdays. If they miss their day, they can call Fridays.
Click here to view unemployment benefits in Michigan
What is the process for requesting Convalescent Plasma?
During COVID-19 pandemic FDA is facilitating access to COVID-19 convalescent plasma for use in patients with serious or immediate life-threatening COVID-19 infections. For this
- Patients physician need to request a single patient eIND application to FDA. This process allows the use of investigational drug for the treatment of an individual patient by a licensed physician upon FDA authorization. To obtain a single patient eIND, the provider must determine that the probable risk to the person from the investigation drug is not greater than the probable risk from the disease or condition. For request between 8 am EST and 8 pm EST (Mon-Sun) the requesting physician may contact FDA by completing the Form FDA 3926. To download the form click here
- During regular business hours this form can be submitted as an email to CBER_eIND_Covid-19@FDA.HHS.gov For eIND requests submitted via email during this time frame, FDA will respond within 4 hours. During this time provider is unable to submit the form FDA 3926 due to extenuating circumstance, the provider can contact FDA’s office of Emergency operations at 1-866-300-4374 to seek verbal authorization. For after hours request provider should contact the Emergency Operations number at 1-866-300-4374.
For more information on FDA on Investigational COVID-19, Patient eligibility, donor eligibility click here
- To get the matching convalescent plasma from the redcross plasma bank, the attending physician needs to request one. To navigate to the form click here. For obtaining plasma from Redcross click option 2 in that page.
- If a potential donor is already identified then the donor needs to fill in a form in the Redcross website. To navigate to the Redcross website click here. After successful registration the donor will receive an email confirmation. The doctor can expedite the request in following ways
- To facilitate the expedited scheduling of the potential donor the attending physician needs to send a follow up email again to email@example.com identifying the name and details of the potential donor that the family has identified for the patient. For this, the doctor has to also include the eIND number of the patient as a reference.
- Also the family can followup with redcross to schedule the plasma donation.
Once plasma is collected, then it gets issued to the hospital for plasma transfusion.
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