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:
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A living kidney donor may be a patient's best hope for long-term survival. Kidneys donated by a living donor tend to last longer than those obtained after a person's death, and the recipient's long-term success rate usually is higher. It is not necessary for a donor to be a blood relative of the intended recipient.
The University Transplant team will determine if you are a match with your intended recipient based on a health screening, your blood type, and tissue typing. If you are interested in being tested to be a living donor, you will need to be up-to-date on your health and cancer screenings, such as Pap tests, mammograms, and colonoscopies.
The donation procedure involves using cameras via small incisions, which allows most people to return to their regular routines within four to six weeks. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the kidney that remains. Donors have the opportunity to discuss questions and concerns with the transplant team during the evaluation.
The decision to donate a kidney should not be taken lightly. It is important to know that the evaluation or living donation process can be stopped at any point. The decision should be made with support from family/friends. Should the potential donor decide not to donate, the potential recipient will continue to receive care from the transplant team, dialysis center, and/or nephrologist. The potential recipient will remain on the waitlist for a deceased donor kidney throughout the process.
Donating a kidney to another is an extraordinary act of generosity. This donation allows a kidney recipient a better chance for a long healthier life and prevents medical complications from years on dialysis. Becoming a live donor is a choice that must be voluntary without guilt, persuasion from others, or a financial agreement. At UMMC Transplant we are dedicated to our live donor’s wellbeing. Here is some information about how the live donor process works:
If interested in becoming a live donor, please fill out the following screening form.
To contact UMMC Transplant: (601) 984-5065; select option 1, option 4 or email.
Donors must be in excellent overall health, at least 18 years of age, and capable of making an informed decision about their health.
Generally, potential donors are subject to weight restriction, must not have substance abuse problems, diabetes, cancer, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or kidney problems.
Additionally, donors are not eligible if there is suspicion that they are being coerced or if there has been illegal financial exchange between the donor and the recipient.
Potential donors should contact the living donor coordinator at (601) 984-5065 for information and an initial health screen over the phone.
The potential donor will need to undergo blood tests to determine compatibility with the intended recipient. The donor will need to have completed all gender and age appropriate cancer screens (Pap test for all women, mammogram for all women over 40, colonoscopy for all potential donors over 50) and forward the results to the transplant coordinator.
The donor evaluation involves an extensive medical history and physical exam. The independent living donor advocate—someone who makes sure the donor understands everything involved—will meet with the donor to ensure a decision is made with the donor’s best interests in mind.
When the evaluation is completed, the donor is presented during the living donor selection committee. The committee, which is made up of everyone you will meet during the evaluation process, decides if the donor is suitable to donate a kidney. University Transplant reserves the right to refuse a potential donor. Selection criteria and requirements may vary from center to center. Evaluation at UMMC does not exclude donors from being evaluated at other transplant centers.
Kidney donation is normally covered by the kidney recipient’s insurance. The donor evaluation, hospitalization, and follow-up are covered at no cost to the donor. Additional expenses that are not covered may include personal, travel, and housing expenses; child care, lost wages, and other individual cost considerations.
Resources may be available to help with some donation-related expenses. Please check with our transplant financial coordinator for information on charitable organizations, tax incentives, and compensation for federal or state employees.