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
In 1964, the world’s first heart transplant was performed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. James D. Hardy and his team transplanted the heart of a chimpanzee into the chest of a dying man. The heart beat for 90 minutes before it stopped, and the event set the stage for all future heart transplantation. Today, UMMC continues that spirit of innovation by offering the state's only heart transplant program.
Our heart transplant team of dedicated surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, transplant coordinators, social workers, financial coordinators, pharmacists, dieticians, and others are here to provide personalized, family-centered care before and after transplant. Leading the team are physicians trained and certified in advanced heart failure and transplant/cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
UMMC also offers the states only mechanical circulatory support, or LVAD program, as a bridge to transplant.
Pre- and post-transplant medical management is available through our special clinics at University Physicians Pavilion and University Physicians – Grants Ferry.
Clinic services include:
Easy access to care for our patients is important to us. For heart transplant patients who live outside of the Jackson area, we provide evaluation services and post-transplant care in Grenada and Tupelo.