COVID-19 Coverage

March 20, 2020 12:01 AM

The latest stories from the Michigan Health and the Michigan Health Lab on the coronavirus outbreak.

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This article was updated on April 5, 2021.

Editor’s note: Information on the COVID-19 crisis is constantly changing. For the latest numbers and updates, keep checking the CDC’s website. For the most up-to-date information from Michigan Medicine, visit the hospital's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage

COVID-19 advice from experts:

  1. Watching the Big Dance? 4 Ways to Celebrate March Madness Safely
  2. Wanting the Pandemic to be Over is Not Enough
  3. COVID and the Heart
  4. 12 Mental Health Tips as Life Gets 'Back to Normal'
  5. Your Smartphone Can Help Fight COVID. Here’s How.
  6. 10 Pandemic Tips for Older Adults (and the People Who Love Them)
  7. A Caregiver Check-In
  8. Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
  9. 10 Expert COVID-19 Tips to Follow in 2021
  10. What Do New SARS-CoV-2 Mutations Mean?
  11. COVID-19 Variants: What Do New Mutations to SARS-CoV-2 Mean?
  12. It’s Time To Make the Most of Masks. Here’s 11 Ways To Do It
  13. From Pandemic to Purpose
  14. How to Search for COVID-19 Information Online
  15. The First Vaccines for COVID-19: What We Know So Far
  16. How to Protect Your Mental and Physical Health This Holiday Season
  17. 4 Mask Myths That Put You at Risk
  18. 4 Strategies for Staying Healthy in a Quarantined World
  19. 5 Ways to Reduce Hearing Damage
  20. 5 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health During COVID-19
  21. 6 Ways to Relieve Your Work from Home Fatigue
  22. 14 Things to Do If Someone You Live With Has COVID-19
  23. Cooking at Home While Social Distancing
  24. Coping and Hoping: Mental Health Tips for Trying Times
  25. Don’t Ignore a Heart Attack, Even During a Pandemic
  26. Everyone vs. COVID-19: How You Can Help Science Make Progress
  27. Fear Can Spread From Person to Person Faster Than the Coronavirus
  28. Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?
  29. Feeling Helpless About the Coronavirus? 11 Things You Can Do
  30. Feeling Stressed or Down in a World with COVID? Try This Writing Tool
  31. Feeling Helpless as the Pandemic Continues? 26 Things You Can Do to Help
  32. Hail to the Handwashers! A Musical Guide to Handwashing
  33. How to Keep COVID-19 From Invading Your “Pod” – and How to Stay Safe if It Does
  34. How to Care for Someone with COVID-19
  35. How to Have a Safe Holiday Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  36. How to Prepare for COVID-19
  37. How the Timing of Light Exposure Could Be Affecting Your Health
  38. Home Workspace Causing Back and Neck Pain? Try This
  39. Is it Safe to Travel in the Age of COVID-19?
  40. Is Stress from COVID-19 Upsetting Your Stomach? 7 Self Comfort Tips to Try
  41. Need to Get Out of the House? Give Blood – It’s Needed More Than Ever
  42. Pandemic Hitting You in the Wallet? How to Find Health Coverage or Low-Cost Medical Help
  43. Rehabilitation Care is Needed for Many COVID-19 Patients
  44. Should We Worry About COVID-19 Reinfection?
  45. Staying in Motion While Staying Put
  46. Staying Summer Safe During the Pandemic
  47. The COVID-19 Curve has Unflattened Fast. Now What?
  48. The Curve is Fattening, Not Flattening. What Can We Do?
  49. Using Music in Times of Anxiety
  50. Viruses Live on Doorknobs and Phones and Can Get You Sick – Smart Cleaning and Good Habits Can Help Protect You
  51. Vaccine Q&A: From Flu to COVID-19, Everything You Need to Know
  52. Why You Shouldn’t Delay Emergency Care During COVID-19
  53. Why You Should Continue Routine Cancer Screenings During COVID-19​​​​​
  54. With the COVID-19 Curve Flattening, It's Time to Prevent a Second Peak
  55. Yes, You Should Wear a Mask. Here’s How and Why

COVID-19 background and past pandemics:

  1. People Gave Up on Flu Pandemic Measures a Century Ago When They Tired of Them – and Paid a Price
  2. What Will Future Historians Say About COVID-19?
  3. 12 Things Science Taught Us About COVID-19 This Past Year
  4. Why Do Contagious Diseases Evade Eradication?
  5. 100 Years of Stopping Contagion with Science
  6. COVID-19 Through the Lens of Basic Science
  7. How Quickly Does Coronavirus Spread?
  8. How Scientists Quantify the Intensity of an Outbreak Like COVID-19
  9. Lessons From the 1918 Pandemic: A U.S. City’s Past May Hold Clues
  10. Mask Resistance During a Pandemic Isn’t New – in 1918 Many Americans Were ‘Slackers’
  11. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Should You Be Worried?
  12. Updated Information on COVID-19: What Can You Do to Protect Against Coronavirus

COVID-19 and medical professionals:

  1. Applying Extended Reality Technologies to Rounds
  2. Military Microbiologists With a Surprising Connection
  3. Leading the Way in Practical Treatment of COVID-19
  4. The Urgent Need for National Medical Education on Vaccine Hesitancy
  5. The Non-Veteran Experience at VA hospitals
  6. Healthcare Via Video: The New Normal?
  7. COVID-19 Becomes Focus of Medical Student’s CNN Internship
  8. The Alternative to a Doctor’s Office Visit Gains in Popularity During Pandemic
  9. How to Make Sure People Get the Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine
  10. COVID-19 Deaths Really Are Different. But Best Practices for ICU Care Should Still Apply
  11. Anti-Racism and Dr. Susan Moore’s Legacy
  12. New Guides Offer Advice and Wisdom from COVID-19 Patients and Caregivers
  13. Primary Care in a Pandemic: Spotting Mental Health Needs During COVID and More
  14. Best Practices for Mechanical Ventilation in Patients with ARDS, COVID-19
  15. Should Medical Residency Interviews Be Capped?
  16. As More Doctors Get Drafted for COVID-19 Inpatient Care, a Trusted Reference Becomes Free
  17. During Pandemic, Medical Students Volunteer to Ensure No One Dies Alone
  18. Emergency Departments Across Michigan Collaborate on COVID-19 Response
  19. Health Care Workers Struggled With Mood, Sleep in First Months of COVID-19 Pandemic
  20. How the Old-Fashioned Telephone Could Become A New Way for Some to See Their Doctor
  21. How to Improve the Surgery Backlog During COVID-19
  22. Is COVID-19 Widening the Gender Gap in Academic Medicine?
  23. I'm a Family Doctor Fighting Against Fear and Struggling With Distancing While Trying to Keep My Patients Healthy
  24. Hospitals Can’t Get Back to Normal Without More Blood. Here Are 7 Ways You Can Help
  25. Outside Looking In: Hospital Visitor Rules Vary During Pandemic
  26. New Report Details Strategies for COVID-19 Critical Care Surge
  27. Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps
  28. Please Don’t (Need to) Use My Work
  29. Pivoting Critical Care Research to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic
  30. Proactivity and Partnership Pay Off for Nursing Homes in a Pandemic
  31. Personalized Device Could Support Multiple COVID-19 Patients From Single Ventilator
  32. Redesigning Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  33. Repurposed Industrial Respirator Could Free Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients
  34. Switching Gears at High Speed for Hospital COVID-19 Care
  35. The COVID-19 Heroes You Haven’t Met Yet: Behind the Scenes of a Pandemic
  36. Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Helps Hospitals Decide
  37. With COVID-19, Applying for Residency Could Look Different for Aspiring Doctors
  38. What Can Hospitals Do to Prepare for COVID-19 Cases?

COVID-19 and medical conditions:

  1. Call for Health Care Providers to Advocate for Disability Rights During COVID-19
  2. 5 Reasons to Embrace At-Home Cardiac Rehab
  3. Helping Patients with COVID-19 Avoid Blood Clots
  4. Adapting Common Fall Sports for People with Disabilities
  5. App Calculates Risk of Delaying Cancer Care During Pandemic
  6. Are Organ Transplant Recipients at Greater Risk of Death from COVID-19?
  7. African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Kidney Disease at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization
  8. Cardiac Rehab Motivation in the Midst of COVID-19
  9. Cancer vs. COVID: When a Pandemic Upended Cancer Care
  10. Getting Through a Pandemic When You Have a Mental Health Condition
  11. How Should Radiation Oncologists Manage Prostate Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  12. Weighing Risks and Benefits for Glaucoma Patients During COVID-19
  13. What to Know About COVID-19 if You Have Diabetes

COVID-19-related research:

  1. Researchers Examine Impact of Telehealth Adoption Among Michigan Primary Care Providers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. Cold is Gold for COVID-19 Scientists
  3. Costs, COVID-19 Risk and Delays Top Older Adults’ Concerns About Seeking Emergency Care
  4. Virtual Visits for New Surgery Patients Rose Quickly but Fell Sharply
  5. COVID-19 Antibody Tests, Even Rapid Finger Pricks, are Effective, New Study Finds
  6. As Insurers End Grace Period for COVID-19 Hospital Costs, Study Estimates Potential Bills
  7. Conquering COVID-19 Disparities Among Communities of Color
  8. One in 10 Older Adults Have Gotten a “Pandemic Pet,” Poll Finds
  9. Is it Safe to Perform CPR During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  10. Indoors and Outdoors, COVID-19 Reveals Unequal Access
  11. Subset of COVID-19 Patients Have Increased Bleeding Risk
  12. Are Women Physicians Fairly Represented in the COVID-19 News Cycle?
  13. COVID Forced Psychiatric Care Online, and Many Patients Want It to Stay There, Study Finds
  14. 45% of Adults Over 65 Lack Online Medical Accounts, Which Could Affect COVID-19 Vaccination
  15. County by County, Study Shows Social Inequality in COVID-19’s Toll
  16. Racially Biased Oxygen Readings Could Be Putting Patients at Risk
  17. Concern About Loved Ones Might Motivate People to Mask Up and Get Vaccine
  18. COVID-19 Found in The Cornea: Are Transplants a Transmission Risk?
  19. From the Heart: Study Shows Impact of Social Media Appeals from COVID-19 Frontliners
  20. Similar Factors Cause Health Disparities in Cancer, COVID-19
  21. Using Machine Learning to Predict Which COVID-19 Patients Will Get Worse
  22. First 10 Days After Leaving Hospital Carry High Risk for COVID-19 Patients
  23. Many Families Unwilling to Skip Thanksgiving Gatherings During COVID-19
  24. Life After COVID-19 Hospitalization: Major Lasting Effects on Health, Work and More
  25. Are Digestive Issues a Symptom of COVID-19?
  26. COVID-19 Care is (Mostly) Free to Patients. Should Other Vital Care Be Too?
  27. Cardiac Arrest, Poor Survival Rates Common in Sickest Patients with COVID-19
  28. Discovering the Molecular Processes in Kidney Cells That Attract and Feed COVID-19
  29. Dying Alone During a Pandemic
  30. Even Before COVID-19, Many Adults Lacked Stable Food Supply
  31. Higher Levels of NETs in Blood Associated with More Severe COVID-19
  32. How Does COVID-19 Appear in the Lungs?
  33. Leveraging Prostate Cancer Research Against COVID-19
  34. Many Could Face Sky-High Surprise Bills from Air Ambulance Flights
  35. New Cause of COVID-19 Blood Clots Identified
  36. Real-Time Overdose Tracking Helps Show COVID-19’s Effects
  37. Telehealth Visits Skyrocket for Older Adults, but Concerns and Barriers Remain
  38. Too Many COVID-19 Patients Get Unneeded “Just in Case” Antibiotics
  39. What the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Reveals

COVID-19 vaccines, therapies, drugs and testing:

  1. Who Gets a Shot First?
  2. COVID Vaccines: Does it Matter Which One You Get?
  3. COVID Vaccines and Mammograms: What You Need To Know About Timing Your Imaging After Your Shot
  4. What Happens After You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  5. Big Shift Seen in High-Risk Older Adults’ Attitudes Toward COVID-19 Vaccination
  6. Many Summer Camps Don’t Require Childhood Immunizations
  7. Flu Shot Associated With Fewer, Less Severe COVID Cases
  8. Should Pregnant and Breastfeeding Patients Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  9. Not Sure About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Get the Facts, Then Decide
  10. The First Vaccines for COVID-19: What We Know So Far
  11. Prostate Cancer Regulator Plays Role in COVID-19, Providing a Promising Treatment Lead
  12. COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteers Explain Why They Signed Up
  13. COVID-19 Therapies: Where Are We?
  14. Over Half of Adults Over 50 Say They’ll Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, but Many Will Want To Wait
  15. COVID-19: Behind the Scenes of Testing
  16. Chloroquine, Ibuprofen and Beyond: Doctors Discuss Latest Treatments, and Treatment Rumors, For COVID-19
  17. Drug That Calms ‘Cytokine Storm’ Associated with 45% Lower Risk of Dying among COVID-19 Patients on Ventilators
  18. Exploring a New Weapon Against COVID-19 Cytokine Storm
  19. ECMO: Last-Resort Life Support Option Helped Majority of Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients Survive, Global Study Shows
  20. Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials
  21. Rates of Pulmonary Complications Drastically Reduced with Newer Drug
  22. The Top 5 COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates Explained
  23. The Pandemic Fight Over Plaquenil
  24. Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19
  25. Testing the Deceased Could Provide Additional Surveillance Methods During Pandemic
  26. When Ventilators Don’t Help COVID-19 Patients, This Might
  27. Your ACE Inhibitor or ARB Medication: Is There a COVID-19 Connection?

COVID-19, kids and teens:

  1. MIS-C: The COVID-Related Condition Parents Need to Know About
  2. National Poll: Pandemic Negatively Impacted Teens’ Mental Health
  3. Returning to In-Person School During COVID-19
  4. How COVID-19 has Disrupted Children’s Dental Care
  5. Many Parents Say Teens With Anxiety, Depression May Benefit From Peer Confidants at School
  6. Screen Time, Emotional Health Among Parents’ Top Concerns for Kids in Pandemic
  7. Kids, Sports and COVID-19: 5 Steps for Parents to Follow
  8. 1 in 3 Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic
  9. 5 Ways to Have a Safe Halloween During COVID-19
  10. 6 Ways to Support Children with Autism During the Pandemic
  11. 8 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Social Distancing Blues
  12. Coronavirus, Kids and School Closings
  13. How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19
  14. How to Prevent 7 Common Pediatric Injuries
  15. How to Support Children’s Emotional, Educational Needs while Remote Learning
  16. Helping Your Kids Overcome Stress-Related Sleep Disruption
  17. Making Back-to-School Decisions for Families with Underlying Health Conditions
  18. Stuck at Home? 6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Happy
  19. Social Distancing with Kids
  20. Thrive With Your Family: Returning to “Normal”
  21. Thrive With Your Family: Having a Baby During a Pandemic
  22. Thrive With Your Family: Supporting Kids with Special Needs and Preventing Sibling Fights
  23. Thrive With Your Family: Teens and the Pandemic
  24. Thrive With Your Family: Supporting Kids With Chronic Diseases During COVID-19
  25. Thrive with Your Family: Processing Change
  26. Thrive with Your Family: Parental Self-Care, COVID-19 Anxiety and Managing Screen Time
  27. What Do Teens and Young Adults Need to Get Through the Pandemic? Survey Gives Insights
  28. Why the Relationship Between Kids and the Spread of COVID Remains Unclear
  29. What to Expect at Your Next Pediatric Appointment

COVID-19 patient stories:

  1. One Nurse’s Journey Back to Health After COVID-19
  2. When COVID Strikes a Family
  3. One Year Later: Michigan Medicine’s First COVID-19 Patient
  4. Surgery Team Keeps Fighting to Save Veteran
  5. How One Caregiver Keeps his Dad Safe from COVID-19
  6. Finding Silver Linings and a Sense of Normalcy After COVID-19
  7. Liver Transplant Recipient Fights Off COVID-19
  8. Hospitalized Kids Enjoy Gaming Diversions Thanks to U-M Football Legends
  9. Giving Back After COVID-19
  10. 'A New Take on Life' After Recovering from COVID-19
  11. Avoiding Crowds is Nothing New for 10-Year-Old with Bone Marrow Disease
  12. Celebrating 2020’s Little Victors Graduates
  13. Couple Welcomes New Baby in Hospital Driveway
  14. Cardiac Rehab at Home Helps Patient During COVID-19 Pandemic
  15. Conquering COVID-19: Michigan Medicine’s First Patient Shares His Story
  16. How to Support Children’s Emotional, Educational Needs while Remote Learning
  17. Getting Injured, and Getting Care, During a Pandemic
  18. One Nurse’s Journey: Surviving COVID-19, Facing a Long Road to Recovery
  19. Moms on the Frontlines
  20. Mother’s Day Wishes for 2020
  21. Making Back-to-School Decisions for Families with Underlying Health Conditions
  22. Self-Isolation: New to Us, Common for Cancer Patients
  23. Treating a Broken Bone During a Pandemic
  24. Treating One of Their Own: COVID-19 Breaks Myth of Invincibility for Hospital Doctors
  25. Teen Athlete Undergoes Brain Surgery During Pandemic
  26. Waiting to Dive Back In
  27. When a Pandemic Hits, But So Does a Heart Infection