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 February 16, 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

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COVID-19 advice from experts:

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

COVID-19 background and past pandemics:

  1. 12 Things Science Taught Us About COVID-19 This Past Year
  2. Why Do Contagious Diseases Evade Eradication?
  3. 100 Years of Stopping Contagion with Science
  4. COVID-19 Through the Lens of Basic Science
  5. How Quickly Does Coronavirus Spread?
  6. How Scientists Quantify the Intensity of an Outbreak Like COVID-19
  7. Lessons From the 1918 Pandemic: A U.S. City’s Past May Hold Clues
  8. Mask Resistance During a Pandemic Isn’t New – in 1918 Many Americans Were ‘Slackers’
  9. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Should You Be Worried?
  10. 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. COVID-19 Becomes Focus of Medical Student’s CNN Internship
  3. Should Medical Residency Interviews Be Capped?
  4. How to Make Sure People Get the Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine
  5. COVID-19 Deaths Really Are Different. But Best Practices for ICU Care Should Still Apply
  6. Anti-Racism and Dr. Susan Moore’s Legacy
  7. New Guides Offer Advice and Wisdom from COVID-19 Patients and Caregivers
  8. Primary Care in a Pandemic: Spotting Mental Health Needs During COVID and More
  9. Best Practices for Mechanical Ventilation in Patients with ARDS, COVID-19
  10. Should Medical Residency Interviews Be Capped?
  11. As More Doctors Get Drafted for COVID-19 Inpatient Care, a Trusted Reference Becomes Free
  12. During Pandemic, Medical Students Volunteer to Ensure No One Dies Alone
  13. Emergency Departments Across Michigan Collaborate on COVID-19 Response
  14. Health Care Workers Struggled With Mood, Sleep in First Months of COVID-19 Pandemic
  15. How the Old-Fashioned Telephone Could Become A New Way for Some to See Their Doctor
  16. How to Improve the Surgery Backlog During COVID-19
  17. Is COVID-19 Widening the Gender Gap in Academic Medicine?
  18. I'm a Family Doctor Fighting Against Fear and Struggling With Distancing While Trying to Keep My Patients Healthy
  19. Hospitals Can’t Get Back to Normal Without More Blood. Here Are 7 Ways You Can Help
  20. Outside Looking In: Hospital Visitor Rules Vary During Pandemic
  21. New Report Details Strategies for COVID-19 Critical Care Surge
  22. Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps
  23. Please Don’t (Need to) Use My Work
  24. Pivoting Critical Care Research to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic
  25. Proactivity and Partnership Pay Off for Nursing Homes in a Pandemic
  26. Personalized Device Could Support Multiple COVID-19 Patients From Single Ventilator
  27. Redesigning Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  28. Repurposed Industrial Respirator Could Free Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients
  29. Switching Gears at High Speed for Hospital COVID-19 Care
  30. The COVID-19 Heroes You Haven’t Met Yet: Behind the Scenes of a Pandemic
  31. Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Helps Hospitals Decide
  32. With COVID-19, Applying for Residency Could Look Different for Aspiring Doctors
  33. 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. Adapting Common Fall Sports for People with Disabilities
  4. App Calculates Risk of Delaying Cancer Care During Pandemic
  5. Are Organ Transplant Recipients at Greater Risk of Death from COVID-19?
  6. African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Kidney Disease at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalization
  7. Cardiac Rehab Motivation in the Midst of COVID-19
  8. Cancer vs. COVID: When a Pandemic Upended Cancer Care
  9. Getting Through a Pandemic When You Have a Mental Health Condition
  10. How Should Radiation Oncologists Manage Prostate Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  11. Weighing Risks and Benefits for Glaucoma Patients During COVID-19
  12. What to Know About COVID-19 if You Have Diabetes

COVID-19-related research:

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

COVID-19 vaccines, therapies, drugs and testing:

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

COVID-19, kids and teens:

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

COVID-19 patient stories:

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