COVID-19 information

Jan. 30, 2022

This post was updated on January 30th, 2023 at 09:39 AM

COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates continue to change in our state. Here is the most recent information by county according to the CDC.

To help protect everyone in our facilities, patients, visitors and UCHealth staff must wear a mask at all times, unless eating or drinking, in all public and patient-care areas. People may also want to consider wearing a mask in the community, especially if they have a weakened immune system or are over 60 years old.

Number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth’s hospitals

COVID-19 hospitalizations in UCHealth facilities as of 01/30/2023. Source: UCHealth.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in UCHealth facilities as of 01/30/2023. Source: UCHealth.

Check Your Symptoms

Please call the clinic or schedule a Virtual Visit if any of these apply to you:

  • Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for, or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days OR
  • New cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours OR
  • Two or more of these symptoms that are new in the last 72 hours: Chills, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell or loss of taste.

Use this free tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Virus mutations

Scientists continue to identify new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. This is not uncommon as respiratory viruses can change often. Studies have shown that vaccines remain effective against variants.

The best way to protect yourself and others from new versions of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, continue wearing a mask, social distancing and wash your hands often.

From BQ to XBB: What you need to know about the newest, ‘extremely contagious’ COVID-19 variants. Get your booster now.

These new variants are extremely contagious, “barking at the heels of measles, and that is quite a remarkable level of transmission.”

The BA.5 COVID-19 variant is spreading widely. Here, a woman in a mask sees her doctor. Photo: Getty Images.

Is the BA.5 COVID-19 subvariant super contagious?

To help you understand what is going on with COVID-19 now and what the BA.5 subvariant is, we consulted with Dr. Michelle Barron, UCHealth’s senior medical director of infection prevention and control.

New omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shots are coming this fall. Learn more about who will get them and when they'll be available. Photo: Getty Images.

New omicron-specific COVID-19 boosters are coming this fall. What you need to know.

Get answers to your questions about the newest COVID-19 booster shots and to learn more about who should get them.

If you get sick with COVID-19 now, what are the newest treatments and medications?

Coronavirus care has come a long way since early 2020, and advice from doctors is clear now. Don’t suffer at home. If you test positive for COVID-19 and you’re in a high-risk group, call your doctor and get help as quickly as possible.

Long COVID mental health challenges require specialized treatment

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases declines, many patients are left with long COVID mental health symptoms – often in combination with medical problems.

concerns over COVID-19 variants. Scientists at the CDC study the virus that causes COVID-19

Is the omicron BA.2 variant a concern?

The BA.2 variant, the newest COVID-19 strain, continues to account for a high percentage of cases in the United States. Is BA.2 a concern? And how worried should you be?

A patient receives his second Covid-19 vaccine at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon, for UCHealth

Should you get an additional COVID-19 booster shot? How to decide.

Should you get a booster dose? Which immunocompromised people are eligible for extra doses? What’s the best timing to get an additional COVID-19 booster dose? UCHealth experts provide answers.

Sick woman smells an orange, trying to regain her sense of taste and smell after COVID-19.A study uses data from electronic health records to form a definition of long COVID

A study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus used electronic health records to answer a still difficult question: just what is long COVID? The work also will help recruit patients for a major study of the condition.

Chronic fatigue and joint and muscle pain are frequent physical challenges of long COVID. Photo: UCHealth.Long COVID physical challenges require time and patience to rehabilitate

Long COVID patients struggling with physical problems like chronic fatigue, pain and sleeplessness benefit from a multispecialty plan of care from sympathetic providers.

Cardiologists urge patients who experience chest pain after recovering from COVID 19 to seek medical care. Photo by Getty Images.

Chest pain after COVID-19 among concerning symptoms

COVID-19 can exacerbate underlying heart conditions, but long COVID symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath also affect young, previously healthy people.

Nurse with protective face mask on sitting at home and giving injection to a senior man during corona outbreak. Senior patient getting vaccinated at home. Coronavirus vaccination

Making sense of coronavirus vaccine boosters

Confused about COVID-19 vaccine boosters? Guidance changed with respect to coronavirus boosting, particularly among the immunocompromised.

A woman holds her head after working on a laptop as she deals with symptoms of long covid.

People get help for a variety of confusing symptoms of long COVID

From “COVID brain” to extreme fatigue, how drawn-out are varying symptoms of long COVID, and how are people getting help?

Everything you need to know about rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests

At-home COVID-19 tests, also known as rapid antigen tests, are convenient and accessible. But be careful. The test results often are wrong. Learn when and how to use the tests.

Booster shots are the best protection against omicron

People who receive boosters are nearly 50 times less likely to be hospitalized if they get COVID-19, according to the newest research.

COVID-19: What we’ve learned since the beginning of the pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, we’ve learned a lot. There have been misses – and big hits.

woman gets a booster shot to protect herself against the new covid variant, omicron, as well as all the other variants.

Omicron may spread faster than highly transmissible delta. What you need to know about the new omicron COVID-19 variant.

To help answer your questions about omicron, we consulted with the experts at UCHealth.

‘I didn’t think the COVID could take limbs’

Candice Davis was 30 when she became infected with COVID-19 and had to endure partial amputation of four limbs.

 

Positive for COVID-19? How monoclonal antibodies help people stay out of the hospital.

While vaccination provides excellent protection from COVID-19, if you end up with the coronavirus, monoclonal antibodies can shorten the duration of the disease while cutting the chance of ending up in the hospital by 70%.

Sarah and Andrew Mays gaze adoringly at their daughter, Kabrini. Sarah was about 6 months pregnant when she got a fierce case of COVID-19 that almost killed her.

Pregnant and dying of COVID-19: ‘Miracle mom’ and baby survive thanks to unprecedented double surgeries

Young COVID-19 survivor pleads with pregnant women to immediately get vaccinated. ‘“If I would have heard a story like mine, there’s no doubt I would have walked right in and gotten the vaccine.”

Children ages 5 to 11 can now get COVID vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine approved for children ages 5 to 11. Get answers to your questions.

Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids, here’s everything parents need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.

Who should get COVID-19 booster shots. An older woman gets her vaccine at UCHealth Universtiy of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

From mix-and-match vaccines to Moderna half-doses, what’s new with COVID-19 booster shots?

New COVID-19 booster shot recommendations allow mix-and-match vaccines and long-awaited boosters for Moderna and J&J recipients.

Chef smells food as he cooks. How to regain your sense of taste and smell after COVID-19.

How to regain your sense of taste and smell after COVID-19

Powerfully aromatic and flavorful foods like ginger, peppermint and peanut butter can help you get your sense of smell and taste back. So can strongly-scented essential oil.

Next up for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials: children as young as 6 months

COVID-19 vaccines will be tested on babies as young as 6 months by the end of October in Colorado as clinical trials for life-saving COVID-19 vaccines continue.

Urgent warning for pregnant women: Get your COVID-19 vaccines.

Newest data are showing how dangerous COVID-19 can be during pregnancy. Experts explain why pregnant and breastfeeding women should get the COVID-19 vaccines and what could happen if they don’t.

Calvin Burnett shares an elbow bump with Dr. Sunita Sharma, a pulmonary critical care specialist, who volunteered to give vaccines at Colorado's oldest Black church.

Millions of Americans now can get COVID-19 booster shots. Everything you need to know.

The new recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots come as the highly contagious delta variant has sparked a dangerous new wave of infections and deaths across the U.S.

Juliette Morrow

Treatment for those sick with COVID-19 have progressed, but vaccines still paramount

Outpatient monoclonal antibodies, inpatient IL-6 receptor antagonists have improved COVID-19 care.

VR technology successfully distracts patient during her vaccination

Amy Watanabe is proud to have finally gotten her COVID-19 vaccination, but it took a team supporting her and virtual reality technology to get her past her fear of needles.

An image of a horse's legs. Photo: Getty Images.

Do not self-prescribe ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19

“It’s not an antiviral drug. It’s not designed or meant to be a treatment for COVID-19. … Trust your healthcare provider not social media for your healthcare decisions.”

Breakthrough symptoms of COVID-19 can be milder than original COVID-19 infections. Here a Latino man looks serious.

How will you know if you’ve got a breakthrough infection of COVID-19?

Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are rare, but on the rise as the highly transmissible delta variant causes a dramatic increase in positive cases of COVID-19.

Scenic photo of mountains with ominous clouds - What's a twindemic - flu and COVID-19 pandemics at the same time

The ‘twindemic:’ when flu season and spiking COVID-19 cases collide

In a twindemic, we would face two pandemics at the same time: spikes in cases of COVID-19 and a simultaneous, rough flu season.

young girl and boy outside a school wearing masks; is school safe

COVID-19 and kids: answering the most important questions

As COVID-19 infections increase in children — right as the new school year begins — a UCHealth pediatrician answers some of the most common questions about kids and COVID-19.

Coronavirus boosters for fully vaccinated are coming soon for everyone. Why?

The answer is data from here and abroad.

A doctor gives a thumbs up sign after vaccinating a patient

FDA gives full approval of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, boosting confidence in lifesaving vaccines

FDA approves the Pfizer vaccine, which could help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates across the U.S.

Man, who will get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine because he had a transplant, now enjoying fishing.

Extra protection: Medical providers work fast to give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable patients

Three COVID-19 vaccine doses now will be standard for about 3% of the U.S. population, which are the country’s most immunosuppressed patients.

Infertility and COVID-19 vaccines: Get the facts

Misinformation about infertility and COVID-19 vaccines has prevented countless young women from getting vaccines.

UCHealth requires COVID-19 vaccines for all employees

Throughout the pandemic and always, UCHealth’s top priority is keeping patients, employees and visitors safe.

A man in a military uniform receives a vaccineNew CU-led study seeks volunteers to help military spot COVID-19 early

BioIntelliSense’s BioSticker, artificial intelligence codeveloped at UCHealth, set the table for $2.8 million, 10-month Department of Defense-funded study.

Senior women crafting and having a good time together

Vaccines for adults: What to know

With the next school year fast approaching, many parents are reviewing their children’s vaccination records. But what about adults’ vaccination schedules?

Tamara Dunseth Rosenbaum, chief nursing officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, gives the first COVID-19 shot to Jeremy Hulsker, a charge nurse at Memorial.

UCHealth to require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees

Policy will increase safety and protection for all patients, visitors, staff and medical providers.

Booster shots for immunocompromised may help prevent breakthrough COVID-19 cases. An older cancer patient holds her granddaughter.

Federal health experts soon could approve COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people

Most people who are sick with COVID-19 now have skipped vaccines. Others who are immunocompromised can get breakthrough cases and could benefit from an extra vaccine dose.

The delta variant and masks. Should you wear a mask indoors again? Here a woman wearing a mask works out in a gym.The COVID-19 delta variant and masks: Should you wear a mask again?

Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again are advising fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in places where the delta variant is spreading fast. What should you do?

Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Here, Dr. Anna Euser poses with her newborn daughter, Nell, and her dog, Dutch.

Video: Why COVID-19 vaccines are safe and recommended for pregnant women

Dr. Anna Euser is a maternal-fetal medicine expert and a mom. She was pregnant when she received her COVID-19 vaccines. She recommends COVID-19 vaccines for all of her patients. Learn why.

Moderna COVID-19 clinical trial children - A young girl with a polka-dotted mask looks up as she receives her vaccine.

New Moderna clinical trial for children’s COVID-19 vaccines to launch in early August

Researchers will begin testing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine first on children ages 6 to 11, then eventually and toddlers as young as 6 months.

man with autoimmune disease getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Should people with autoimmune diseases get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination may briefly influence medication timing in patients with rheumatic disease, but the benefits vastly outweigh any risks, says the CU School of Medicine’s rheumatology chief.

man feeling hungover wondering how to stop day drinking.

How to stop day drinking and change bad pandemic habits related to alcohol use and abuse

Alcohol use spiked during the pandemic. If you have been drinking too much during the day — or anytime — we’ve got four simple strategies to help you ditch unhealthy drinking.

Vaccines work well against COVID-19 Delta variant

The Delta variant is sweeping the planet. It is roughly 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which itself was roughly 50% more contagious than the “original” coronavirus strains.

business woman looks to her phone to verify vaccination records while traveling.A convenient way to verify vaccinations and COVID-19 test results

Whether needed for travel, returning to work or enjoying a concert, proof of COVID-19 tests and vaccines is easily accessible through My Health Connection.

Kids playing under a canopy in a park with green grass as part of safe party planning ideas.COVID-19 vaccine trial for children under age 12 launching at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Doctors at Children’s Colorado plan to test the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this summer on children ages 5 to 11. Later, the team is expected to test the vaccine on babies and children, ages 6 months to 4 years old.

man sits at a table eating salad.

Losing weight gained during the COVID-19 pandemic

Americans jokingly have referred to weight gained during the pandemic as “quarantine 15,’’ similar to the “freshman 15’’ that college students sometimes gain in their first year away from home.

Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Here, Dr. Anna Euser poses with her newborn daughter, Nell, and her dog, Dutch.

Maternal-fetal medicine expert and new mom urges pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccines

Should pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Anna Euser responds with a resounding and enthusiastic “yes.”

child or teen getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens could help defeat the coronavirus

Teens who are 16 and 17 already can walk in and get COVID-19 vaccines. Approval for those ages 12 to 15 is expected soon. Walk-in vaccine clinics should make vaccines for children and teens a breeze for parents.

J&J patientDoctors safely administer heparin alternative to treat patient with blood clots related to J&J vaccine

The published case study aims to help other physicians identify and treat a rare condition.

UCHealth doctor giving a vaccine during Coors Field large vaccination event. Whether we will need to give out COVID-19 booster shots is still unknown.

COVID-19 booster shots: What you need to know

The need for COVID-19 booster shots will depend on how long initial protection lasts and viral variants’ ability to evade vaccine-based immunity going forward.

Three teens hike while wearing masks

To mask or not to mask outdoors? Charting a path through coronavirus guidelines.

CDC, state and local rules and recommendations differ. Here’s how to approach them.

The pandemic has devastated too many families, even hers

Dr. Michelle Barron is a top infectious disease expert, but even her family suffered tragic deaths from COVID-19. She’s begging people to protect their loved ones now.

man readying a covid vaccine in an effort to achieve herd immunity.

Want to achieve herd immunity? Get vaccinated.

A lot is happening on the vaccine front. To sort it out, UCHealth Today reached out to a vaccine specialist about the COVID vaccine and herd immunity.

: Robert Plick and his dad on their birthdays in 2019. Photo courtesy of Robert Plick.

Family, faith and friends combine to turn back cancer and COVID-19

Robert Plick battled through three bouts of cancer, heart failure and a COVID-19 infection. From home to hospital, he had plenty of helping hands.

Bryan was Colorado's first COVID-19 patient to receive a double lung transplant.

In Colorado first, UCHealth COVID-19 patient receives double lung transplant

Bryan Raymond, 37, of Montana, survived 84 days on a lung machine. This story of a COVID-19 patient who received a double lung transplant is one of endurance and unflagging support.

Recovering from the pandemic: 5 ways to restore human connections

As communities open up again, many people who have dealt with anxiety and depression during the pandemic are hungry for human connections.

boy and father wearing masks looking out at plane at an airport before they travel during a pandemic.

Should I travel? Understanding risks and how to plan for air travel during COVID.

Is air travel safe? What planning do I need to do? Is a ‘vaccine passport’ required? Get all the information on air travel during a pandemic here in one place.

Side effects for COVID-19 vaccines are normal. What to expect. Woman receives her vaccine at a vaccination clinic in Denver.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are normal. What to expect when you get your vaccine.

It’s normal for many people who receive COVID-19 vaccines to experience side effects. We consulted with medical expert, Dr. Thomas Campbell, to answer your questions about COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

Woman hugs her cat, which as long as you are not sick with COVID-19 is ok for pet owners to do.COVID-19 and pets: What you should know

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pets have comforted us and helped us stay healthy. It’s understandable that some people worried about their pets’ health. We have reviewed recommendations and guidelines to help you keep your pets safe during the pandemic.

COVID-19 pathology changes with antibody production

Study uses COVIDome samples link antibody production to stages of disease.

What's safe after vaccine? Here, a grandmother wearing a mask greets her grandson.

What is safe after getting COVID-19 vaccines?

We’ve reviewed new CDC guidance and consulted our top infectious disease expert to learn what is safe after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

A woman prepares to get a mammogramBreast cancer screening or COVID-19 vaccination? Do both.

Lymph-node swelling after the coronavirus vaccine can complicate breast-cancer screening, but the timing of a mammogram can make a big difference.

For COVID-19 patients, therapy starts in the ICU

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology is more than ‘ancillary’ to patients’ recovery.

A doctor uses a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of an older woman.Does COVID-19 cause heart problems?

Early concerns that COVID-19 may cause heart problems have abated with further studies and clinical observations at UCHealth and elsewhere.

A doctor cares for a patient in a clinic. Understanding Medicare coverage for preventive health visits is essential.

How to prepare before getting a COVID-19 vaccine

We reached out to our experts to answer questions about what to expect and how to stay as healthy as possible when getting the vaccine.

Lab technician sitting at a computer. Photo: getty images.

Researchers ask: Why does COVID-19 affect people differently?

Blood samples drawn from COVID-19-positive patients are helping researchers’ efforts to identify and target the unique biologic factors that drive the disease.

Ernesto Castro and his family are encouraging their Hispanic community to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Why he’s urging his Hispanic community to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Ernesto strives to help his Hispanic community navigate health guidelines, and filter misinformation and fear about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Older man in a grocery store wearing his mask. Wear a mask even after COVID-19 vaccine.

Keep wearing a mask even after getting your COVID-19 vaccine

Health experts say people who get their COVID-19 vaccines should keep wearing masks to keep others safe until millions more get vaccinated.

older adults begin to get the coronavirus vaccine. Here, pharmacy tech loads the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe.

Coronavirus variants may be vastly more infectious; vigilance more vital than ever

Vaccination ramps up as COVID-19 infections rise in hotspots here and abroad; coronavirus variants could make things much worse.

A nurse monitors the health of patients remotely at the UCHealth Virtual Health Center. Photo by UCHealth.

Remote patient monitoring of COVID-19 brings peace of mind

A UCHealth remote patient monitoring program introduced last spring to protect recovering COVID-19 patients after they return home continues to blossom.

A photo of a doctor injecting a vaccine into a patient. COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway in Colorado.

Investigational clinical trial for new COVID-19 vaccine opens in Colorado

The investigational COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, is in a phase 3 clinical trial at UCHealth in Colorado, sponsored by Novavax.

Vaccines and Black people. Kweku and Cynthia Hazel with their 2-year-old son and their infant daughter, who was born in October.Encouraging Black people to get COVID-19 vaccines: This doctor-doctor duo is on a mission to build trust

The Hazels stress the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, while helping leaders effectively reach Black people, immigrants and underserved people.

provider and nurse in the ICU at UCH using their COVID-19 care improvement knowledge to care for a patient.

COVID-19 patient outcomes improve thanks to new medications, top-notch care

Medical providers are better prepared to fight a new surge thanks to COVID-19 care improvements including better medications and treatments.

college student wearing a Kn95, which is considered a better face mask than cloth.

Should I get a better face mask to protect against COVID-19?

Does a gator protect me from COVID-19? Are adjustable ear loops effective? Is it time to get a better face mask? We asked our expert.

Why COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Dr. Richard Zane smiles outsie the Emergency Department at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Long and poignant journey to a safe COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Richard Zane has been fighting COVID-19 all year. He’s confident vaccines are safe, and we are experiencing a historic moment.

man walking his dog in the winter, getting exercise and sunlight, both help the body deal with COVID-19.

Are vitamins C and D effective in the fight against COVID-19?

Preliminary evidence suggests certain common dietary supplements, such as vitamins C, D and Zinc, may help in the battle against COVID-19.

A provider administers a vaccination to a patient in this photo.

Coronavirus drug trials: Answering big questions

Great news from coronavirus vaccine clinical trials have earned a deserved spotlight over the last couple of weeks. For good reason, too: The Pfizer and Moderna, and other COVID-19 vaccines, will do much to douse the COVID-19 pandemic.

A woman wears a face mask during the COVID-19 panemic and now as 'maskne.'Masks and acne: Here’s what you can do about ‘maskne’

“Maskne” is caused by the “mechanics” of mask-wearing, including increased heat, friction and occlusion/moisture. Here are helpful tips.

The challenges of managing diabetes and COVID-19 risk

People with diabetes don’t seem to be at higher risk of getting COVID-19. But if they do get it, they are more likely to be sick from it.

COVID-19 nurses - Here, Kate McPhillips, left, and Caitlyn Greve, two COVID-19 ICU nurses suit up as they prepare to go into a room.Pandemic nurse: Never-ending days, heartbreaks and the simple humanity of holding a patient’s hand

Weary eyes show above their masks, but they remain dedicated to their mission: giving excellent, loving care. These are the pandemic nurses.

This close-up photo shows a skiier wearing a helmet, goggles and facemask over the nose and mouth.

Is it safe to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic?

By taking the proper precautions before, during and after, it can be safe to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

In the time of COVID-19: How college students can return home safely for the holidays

UCHealth experts say college students should quarantine and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for two weeks when returning home for the holidays.

Test your knowledge of coronavirus, from A to Z

“A” is for Asymptomatic spread. “Z” is for Zinc. Test your understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, from medications to health guidelines.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 infections are common in people of all ages, including children. Here, children wear masks while they color at school.

The truth about COVID-19 and asymptomatic spread: It’s common, so wear a mask and avoid large gatherings  

Asymptomatic spread has been one of the most mysterious and haunting aspects of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Pandemic fatigue is rampant now. Here a young woman looks exhaused as she holds her baby and looks at a laptop.

Are you feeling exhausted, anxious or sad? 5 tips for handling ‘pandemic fatigue.’

If you are sick and tired of worrying about COVID-19, you’re probably suffering from pandemic fatigue, and you are not alone.

Clarence Troutman is a COVID-19 'long-hauler' who has gotten help through a special clinic.

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ get help at special ICU clinic

COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ are patients with symptoms lingering more than a month after initial recovery, and they are getting help at UCHealth.

doctor with a pediatric patient and mom addressing medical issues now before COVID and flu season collide.Top 10 medical issues to take care of now before flu season and COVID-19 collide

Our expert chimes in with 10 medical issues to address now before flu season and COVID-19 collide and possibly stress the health care system.

High-quality antibody tests are now available to the public in Colorado at various locations throughout Colorado. Here, a lab manager works on tests at a UCHealth lab.

Best drugs to fight COVID-19: Drugs that Trump is receiving also help other seriously ill patients

Some therapies Trump received are used for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Colorado and elsewhere, including dexamethasone and remdesivir.

to prevent superspreader events, wear masks, avoid creeds, stay apart and gather outside. Some women wearing masks sit at an outdoor table.

How you can prevent ‘superspreader’ events this fall and winter

You can prevent superspreader events if you follow these relatively simple guidelines from this UCHealth neuro-infectious disease expert.

women with her hand on her heart as she practices Three Good Things tool.Identify ‘Three Good Things’ each evening to boost happiness during the pandemic

People can boost their positive attitudes and resiliency while reducing harmful self-criticism with the “Three Good Things” daily exercise.

man looking into a microscope at coronavirus mutation, while DNA shows on the screen.

Coronavirus mutations not (necessarily) cause for alarm

D614G mutation changes the coronavirus’s spike protein, but shouldn’t affect vaccines in development, according to the experts.

COVID survivor walks down the hall to nurses cheers.UCHealth, University of Colorado School of Medicine launch COVID-19 project to follow up with hospitalized patients

A research project seeks to learn how COVID-19 patients are faring after leaving the hospital and identify how UCHealth can improve care in the future.

woman wearing mask in an elevator, a place were airborne coronavirus transmission would be more likely to happen.

6 steps to slowing airborne coronavirus transmission

Aerosols – invisible particles that float in the air around us for minutes or hours – appear to be a major player in the transmission of the coronavirus.

nurse with mask and shield readies a coronavirus vaccine for a patient wearing a mask.

Coronavirus vaccines 101: What you need to know

Several vaccine makers are racing to create and test vaccines to prevent COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus vaccines.

graphic of COVID-19. Autopsies have shown that COVID-19 patients are especially vulnerable to blood clots forming aggressively in the lungs and researchers are trying to determine if the clot buster tPA may help.

Study tests clot busters on COVID-19 patients

Multi-site trial tests the ability of tPA to clear the lungs and break up blood clots in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

the science of masks. A young woman wears a mask.

Science says: Wear a mask

The research of mask-wearing is evolving, but the case for masks to slow coronavirus spread is strong.

ECMO treatments for COVID-19 helped Barbara Gould survive. Here, she sits in her driveway after arriving home.

Boulder woman survives COVID-19 thanks to artificial lung treatments called ECMO

Barbara Goud got a vicious case of COVID-19. She wasn’t recovering well on a ventilator, then got ECMO treatments to give her lungs a rest.

Concerns about airborne COVID-19 are increasing. Here, a woman wearing a masks gazes inside an empty restaurant.

COVID-19 and airborne aerosols: What you need to know

Wear masks indoors. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces, especially those where people are singing, speaking loudly or laughing. Open windows and avoid crowds.

Research: Understanding the role genetics play in COVID-19, other diseases

Researchers part of a global group sharing and analyzing data to understand the genetic aspects of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity, and outcomes.

Covid-unit nurse getting something out of a drawer. nurses are now giving dexamethasone to some coronavirus patients.

Dexamethasone may or may not be a breakthrough coronavirus treatment

First approved in 1958 when NASA was born and Pan Am flew the first commercial flight across the Atlantic. Will Dexamethasone work for the coronavirus?

Dr. Michelle Barron, the top infectious disease expert in Colorado. Here, she holds her arms up in front of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.A fearless protector: Meet the top infectious disease expert in Colorado

This infectious disease expert in Colorado faces the biggest challenge of her career but does it with her typical sunny attitude and calming demeanor.

Child wearing a mask gets an child immunization during pandemic.

Child immunizations down during pandemic, increasing risk for an outbreak of vaccine-preventable illnesses

UCHealth pediatrician stresses importance of continued child-well visits, scheduled child immunizations during pandemic to prevent other illnesses.

antibody tests for COVID-19 in Colorado.Several coronavirus clinical trials, same key questions: ‘Is it safe?’ ‘Does it work?’

Therapies, in the form of clinical trials, for the coronavirus are being put to the test at record pace in Colorado at UCHealth.

baby in NICU after covid-positive mom gives birth at 35 weeks.

COVID-positive mother gives birth to beautiful, strong preemie

This COVID-positive mom of a NICU baby humbled her health care team with her gratitude and positivity during a hard birth and challenging new times.

UCHealth specially trained employee uses an electrostatic sprayer as part of an disinfection process so EMS can be safe when responsing to medical emergencies during this pandemic.

Symptoms to never ignore – even during a pandemic

It’s critical to continue to get treatment for medical emergencies during this pandemic. Don’t ignore these symptoms and know that UCHealth EMS is a safe place to turn to for emergency care.

a young man and a woman vaping, and the coronavirus makes this more risky.Vaping and the coronavirus do not mix

Anything that causes lung inflammation is going to be really bad in a setting of coronavirus. Learn why vaping and the coronavirus do not mix.

virtual visit now available for primary care and specialistsYour regular doctor and specialists can now care for you at home through ‘Virtual Visit’

Patients can now do Virtual Visits with their primary care doctors and specialists. Keep seeing your regular doctors while staying safe from coronavirus.

a person lathering up with soap shows why soap works better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirusWhy soap and water work better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirus

Both soap and hand sanitizer neutralize the coronavirus, but soap and water work better because soap disrupts sticky bonds so the coronavirus slides off.

Older woman does a video call for story about helping older adults use video callingHow to help older adults use video calling to stay connected, combat loneliness

Isolation is tough for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. For older adults, it’s devastating. Help older adults use video calling to stay connected.

medications on a table to represent coronavirus drugsA rundown of coronavirus drugs for home and hospital

There’s no proven cure or treatment for COVID-19. Some drugs may help; chloroquine, the antimalarial medication, may or may not.

women taking zinc, which does help with some coronaviruses and could with COVID-19.Coronavirus: To zinc or not to zinc?

Zinc is no coronavirus magic bullet, but it could help. Studies have shown zinc lozenges to be effective in shortening the misery phase of the common cold.

Home sick with coronavirusYou think you have COVID-19? What should you do?

Staying at home is the best treatment unless you are seriously ill. Isolate yourself from others, even in your home. Get fluids and rest and call your doctor if you get seriously ill.

woman disinfecting coronavirus by wiping down countertops in the kitchen.
The ins and outs of disinfecting coronavirus

We’re typically better at cleaning than disinfecting. That must change now with the coronavirus. Here’s a quick primer on household disinfection.

a photo of blood with coronvirus on the labelViruses 101: Why the new coronavirus is so contagious and how we can fight it?

Learn why the new coronavirus is so contagious. Is a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 coming? And will summer make a difference?

People who work in other people's homes, like plumbers, should be wary of sick people.Staying safe from the coronavirus when you work in other people’s homes

For plumbers, repair people and cable service technicians, staying safe means asking questions. Call ahead. Don’t work in a home where someone is sick. Collect payments remotely and use the customer’s sink and soap.

ethnic person washing hands, one way to help stop spread of COVID-19 symptoms.What you should know about COVID-19, coronavirus

Don’t panic. UCHealth continues to monitor COVID-19. Here are some answers to questions.

Virtual urgent care is available for people in Colorado.Concerned about coronavirus? Virtual Urgent Care provides safe, affordable, 24/7 option to get care.

Medical providers can help you figure out if you need to be tested for coronavirus through secure, online visits. UCHealth’s Virtual Urgent Care is open to anyone in Colorado, even those who don’t have insurance.

 

coronavirus is causing anxiety for many - how to handle itCoronavirus anxiety: Why the outbreak feeds worries and five simple ways to reduce anxiety?

Psychologist Justin Ross said it’s no surprise that mass anxiety and panicky behavior are spreading. But there are simple steps that can help tame coronavirus anxiety.

How to prepare your child for a new baby: pregnant mom plays with daughterPregnancy and coronavirus: Experts advise precautions

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to viral respiratory infections like the new coronavirus or COVID-19 and need to take precautions during pregnancy.

The latest from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is updating information about COVID-19 on its website.

The latest from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Patients who have general questions can call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at CO-Help at 303.389.1967 or 1.877.462.2911 or email [email protected]. Answers are available in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin and more.