Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Our experts from the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health, in conjunction with other infectious disease colleagues, explain how coronavirus spreads, its symptoms, if you should travel and what you should do if you suspect you have coronavirus.

Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines that may prevent COVID-19 are an important step toward stemming the worldwide pandemic. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects, the benefits of being vaccinated and how you can get vaccinated at University Hospitals.

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Coronavirus Variants

Variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are fueling rises in cases across the United States.

A variant is a different version of a virus that has changed through mutation. These variants, especially Omicron, are much more contagious than earlier versions of the coronavirus, meaning less of the virus is required to cause infection. People who get infected with these variants produce more of the virus earlier and in higher amounts.

Another difference with these variants is that people who are vaccinated appear to be able to spread the virus. This is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance on wearing masks.

The CDC recommends:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, wear a mask when indoors in public places in communities with substantial or high transmission.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public regardless of transmission levels in your community.
  • Wear a mask regardless of transmission levels in your area if you have a weakened immune system or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition.
  • Wear a mask regardless of transmission levels in your area if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people also can test positive for the variants, which is called breakthrough infection. As with any vaccine, breakthrough cases are expected, and do not reduce the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. Getting fully vaccinated is still the best way to avoid being hospitalized with or dying from COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated, the risk of having a life-threatening, severe illness from these variants requiring admission to an intensive care unit is significantly reduced. Deaths from COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people are extremely rare.

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UH COVID Recovery Clinic

Expert, multidisciplinary care for patients who continue to experience physical & psychological symptoms after COVID.

Coronavirus: Expert Medical Advice & Information

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UH COVID Recovery Clinic

It is estimated that at least 10-20 percent of individuals infected with COVID-19 will continue to have health problems for weeks, even months, after their body has cleared the virus. The University Hospitals COVID Recovery Clinic is dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment of patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PACS), more commonly referred to as COVID Long-Haul Syndrome.

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COVID-19 on the Healthy@UH Blog

Want more advice and information on coronavirus topics? Hear from the medical experts at UH on the Healthy@UH blog.

University Hospitals Is Prepared to Handle Coronavirus

University Hospitals is taking steps to respond if needed:

UH’s emergency response plan has been updated for the coronavirus outbreak and to meet any rapid increase in health care needs. We also are in touch with the local health department and the Ohio Department of Health to monitor the situation and respond to new events or recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We screen all patients who come to our facilities, such as emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient clinics and others, by asking appropriate questions about travel to areas of concern as defined by the CDC, contact with persons known to have contracted coronavirus, and about fever and symptoms of respiratory illnesses. The infection control team is available 24/7 to assist at all of our sites.

All UH facilities have access to rooms that meet the standard of isolation for patients with coronavirus as recommended by the CDC, and we can rapidly recruit more rooms throughout our facilities.

All UH employees must undergo mandatory screening for symptoms of COVID-19 as they arrive at work. Before entering the facility, each employee will have their temperature taken and the presence of flu-like symptoms. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or exhibiting flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to enter our facilities. We also are advising employees to follow Gov. Mike DeWine's directive to take their temperature before coming to work.

Support COVID-19 Response

Community response and caregiver support funds have been established to support the extensive patient care, medical supplies, research and education needs.

Your gift, of any size, can make a significant impact in our current needs of health care, research and education.

COVID-19 Research at UH

University Hospitals and the biomedical industry have come together to assemble a variety of novel and innovative ideas and solutions to prevent, treat, and cure COVID-19.

Learn more about these research efforts at the UH Research & Education Institute.

Multi-Language Interpreter Services for COVID-19

Latest News from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get up-to-the-minute news and information on the coronavirus in, English, Español, 繁體中文, Tiếng Việt, or 한국어 from the CDC.

UH Foreign Language Interpretation Services

Free language assistance services are available to translate COVID-19 information, please call 216-844-1544.