We asked Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, for his advice on how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy through the impending “twindemic” of COVID and flu season.
The UC Davis School of Medicine is partnering with drug developers and funding agencies to find and test potential therapies and vaccines to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
UC Davis Health began administering third Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to patients at its area clinics and to employees on the medical campus, following recommendations by the CDC.
93% of UC Davis Health employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, just weeks after a new University of California vaccine mandate kicked in. The health system is a leader in vaccine compliance, ahead of a new state mandate for health care workers that takes effect Sept. 30.
COVID-19 testing has become widely available, with free community PCR testing and over-the-counter antigen tests you can purchase to take at home. But which type of test should you use and when? And if you are vaccinated, do you need to be testing at all? Two UC Davis Health experts offer updates and advice.
UC Davis Health Cardiologist Nayereh Pezeshkian discusses COVID-19, its impact on the heart, and the rare risk of developing heart complications after a COVID-19 vaccine.
UC Davis experts Dean Blumberg and Lena van der List will be answering questions in a virtual Q&A session, “COVID-19 and Children: Vaccines and Back to School,” on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A recently released study by UC Davis Health researchers reviews the incidence of COVID-19 illness among health care workers and documents the dramatic reductions in illness after vaccines were administered.
As kids head back to full-day, in-person school for the first time in over a year, things will look different. The transition is challenging for many students, particularly those with neurodevelopmental conditions. MIND Institute experts have some tips to help.
Patients whose immune systems are compromised are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Now UC Davis Health is offering a protective third shot to immunocompromised patients who received initial doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Here’s who qualifies for the “booster.”
UC Davis Health has chosen 60 people to participate in a clinical trial to determine if a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is necessary, safe and effective. The participants are among 225 who signed up more than a year ago for the clinical trial that led to the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine.
The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant is prompting new visitor and masking rules starting Aug. 16 for people accompanying patients to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
After seeing the lowest number of COVID-19 patients for the year in June, the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center saw the highest number for the year during the first week in August. Physicians report the majority of people seeking treatment are unvaccinated. They are also younger.
Saul Torres skipped the COVID-19 vaccine because he didn’t believe in it, but then he was hospitalized with complications prompted by the virus. Now he’s urging everyone to get the shot.
In accordance with a California Department of Public Health order, UC Davis Medical Center will require visitors to present either proof of vaccination or, for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
The Sacramento area is seeing more cases of COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant. What does this mean for students who are slated to be back on campus, especially those too young to be vaccinated?
The guidelines about when to mask up to protect yourself against COVID-19 have changed quite a bit with the spread of the Delta variant. A UC Davis Health expert weighs in on why masking is important, who should be doing it and when.
Misinformation is spreading on the Internet regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect women’s health. We asked Clara Paik, clinic medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and the co-division director of University Women’s Health, to answer some frequently asked questions about women’s health and the COVID vaccine.
UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.
Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.
The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in California and the U.S. It’s highly infectious, but epidemiologists say current vaccines are providing sufficient protection against illness and hospitalization.
Firearm purchases and firearm violence surged during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firearm purchases increased by 85% and interpersonal firearm injuries increased by 27%. Approximately 9.3 million firearms were purchased during this period.
Fireworks are a Fourth of July highlight. They’re also the cause of serious injuries every year. UC Davis Health experts urge extreme caution when using fireworks and offer tips for staying safe while celebrating during COVID-19.
The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The clinic will offer a comfortable experience for families, including sensory support and specially trained staff.
A new study confirms the low likelihood that coronavirus contamination on hospital surfaces is infectious. The study is the original report on recovering near-complete SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences directly from surface swabs.
California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, but many people are not ready to return to “normal.” Angela Drake, a clinical neuropsychologist, explains why we won’t change our behaviors overnight and provides tips for managing re-entry anxiety.
After more than a year, California lifts most COVID-19 restrictions today (June 15). The changes will affect mask-wearing, businesses, gatherings and more. A UC Davis Health expert explains what you should know about the changes.
Three friends connected to UC Davis wanted to help underserved families in Knights Landing during the pandemic, so they've set up a table each Sunday filled with groceries, baby supplies, pet food and other items - all free for the community.
Claudio Alvarado, an assistant nurse manager in the pediatric emergency department, appeared on stage with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to promote the state’s new Vax for the Win vaccine incentive program.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra came to Sacramento to learn first-hand how UC Davis Health and its community partners are helping people from underserved communities get the COVID-19 vaccine in neighborhood clinics.
The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center designed and funded Food for All, a project focused on addressing COVID-19-aggravated food insecurity among Asian communities in South Sacramento.
Two researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are awarded public impact grants to support new collaborations and sustained relationships that will support publicly engaged research with non-university partners.
U.S. public health agencies support the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. Parents and caregivers can now schedule appointments for kids in this age group. A UC Davis pediatric infectious disease expert explains the benefits of vaccinating adolescents.
UC Davis Health will soon launch a stage 3 clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12-17 with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Novavax. The two-year study aims to enroll 100 participants.
A UC Davis gratitude expert says being grateful may be the best medicine when it comes to insulating ourselves against the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He has advice for how to cultivate a lifelong gratitude practice.
Millions of Americans are skipping their second Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot. UC Davis Health experts say that means less protection from coronavirus, and immunity that won’t last as long. They advise everyone to get that second dose.
Efforts to vaccinate local residents and health care workers against COVID-19 have helped reduce hospitalizations and positive tests. Health care professionals note dramatic reductions from the high numbers of patients last year, but say in recent weeks, those numbers have stayed steady.
First-year nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gain valuable experience with real patients by giving COVID-19 injections. Students learn how the interaction is far more than simply administering the vaccine.
When essential workers lacked access to the COVID-19 shot, the student-run Shifa Community Clinic decided to set up a vaccination site. The effort by UC Davis undergraduates and medical students has delivered more than 7,000 vaccine doses at a downtown Sacramento mosque.
UC Davis Health staff and The California Endowment team up to create multilingual public service announcements to encourage underrepresented communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dozens of volunteers from UC Davis Health helped vaccinate vulnerable populations against COVID-19 over the weekend at a drive-thru clinic organized by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.
A partnership between UC Davis and Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company, has led to a 20-minute COVID-19 test. The method pairs a mass spectrometer with a powerful machine-learning platform to detect SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swabs. A recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports shows the test to be 98.3% accurate for positive COVID-19 tests and 96% for negative tests.
In March 2020, UC Davis was in a race to create something that didn’t exist yet: a home-grown COVID-19 test. How the campus pulled together to help Pathology and Laboratory Medicine launch the first of over 100,000 COVID-19 tests this past year.
UC Davis Health has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following guidance from the CDC. This will not impact our ability to vaccinate thousands of people each day. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are safe, and the risks of COVID-19 are still greater than not being vaccinated at all.
UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.
Ajay Randhawa spent nearly two months in intensive care, much of it unconscious and on life support because of COVID-19. He was saved by the expertise of UC Davis Health doctors and nurses and, he says, by their kindness.
UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.
Six-year-old Santiago came down with chills that quickly progressed to a rash, high fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is his journey with MIS-C, the condition that is associated with COVID-19 that affects children.
People who catch COVID-19 have at least a one in four chance of developing long-haul COVID with symptoms lasting months, even if they have very mild cases, are young and are in excellent health, new studies show.
With COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, new studies and new variants all emerging rapidly – not to mention made-up theories on social media, some incorrect information and downright dangerous myths may be confusing people.
In one of the largest research projects of its kind, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looks at nearly 900,000 individuals and close to 2 million mammograms to come up with a new way detect the most breast cancer cases with the fewest exams.
Dominik Haudenschild is leading a team of UC Davis researchers testing a new class of anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as a COVID-19 treatment.
A team of UC Davis Health doctors volunteered their time to immunize people experiencing homelessness near downtown Sacramento, the latest effort to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.
UC Davis Health has started a weekly community vaccination clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships that have resulted in more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the underserved, essential workers and others.
Family caregivers are among the silent heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and now their stress is ratcheted up as they scramble to arrange vaccinations for the people they care for, often when they can’t get vaccines themselves.
COVID-19 has cost us our casual friendships and interactions, a loss we may not realize consciously but feel deeply, psychologist Kaye Hermanson says.
Visits with loved ones, hugs from grandparents and dinner with a friend. These are some of the things that the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can now enjoy. But there are still some guidelines to follow before fully returning to regular life.
A consortium of community partners, including UC Davis Health, is providing COVID-19 vaccines to Latinos in Sacramento, a population severely affected by the pandemic.
Heather M. Young has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of older adults. But for her — and millions of others — the coronavirus pandemic brings the challenges to life.
Since the pandemic started, many parents have wondered how to help their child(ren) cope with their fears and anxiety. In many cases, they’re also helping children handle the illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 as. Certified Child Life Specialist Marisa Martinez answers some frequently asked questions and provides tips and resources for parents and families.
New studies show that many people see friends and family – and even pleasant strangers – as less of a COVID-19 risk, which partly explains why some people drop their guard with family and at social gatherings.
UC Davis Health pediatricians say the science shows that if all the COVID-19 safety precautions are followed, it’s both important to open schools and possible to do it safely.
Cardiac Rehab Program leaders are reaching out to heart patients to remind them that delaying care is dangerous and that the rehab clinic’s COVID-19 measures keep patients very safe.
No patients admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center tested positive for the flu this entire season, and experts credit flu vaccines, masking and social distancing with averting a possible “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19.
COVID-19 variants spreading across the U.S. are more infectious, cause more serious illness and are more deadly – but wearing a mask and social distancing still protect you, and they are as important as they’ve ever been.
There is a sixfold increase in patients getting tobacco treatment thanks, in part, to training medical staff to proactively reach out to patients who could benefit, especially during the pandemic when smoking can lead to COVID-19 complications.
UC Davis Health Chief of Cardiac Surgery Bob Kiaii answers questions on heart disease, coronavirus, and patient care during the pandemic.
New CDC recommendations say the best protection from COVID-19 is to wear either two masks – with the cloth mask outside a surgical mask – or one tightly fitted mask with two or more layers. Our experts explain how to wear them and why.
Health experts are worried that Super Bowl parties could cause an increase in COVID-19 infections. They urge people not to gather with those outside their homes for the big game.
Uncertainty about when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine is creating the latest pandemic anxiety for already weary people. Psychologist Kaye Hermanson has advice for managing the stress.
In the search for potential COVID-19 treatments, UC Davis School of Medicine is recruiting participants for more than 12 clinical trials.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining the American Cancer Society and the nation’s leading oncology organizations to urge people to schedule cancer screenings as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary deaths.
Infectious disease experts explain what to do before and after you get a COVID-19 vaccine, what reactions to expect, when to get your second dose, and what to do if you’ve had the disease.
More than 20 million people have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine – with very few serious reactions. Infectious disease experts answer questions about why vaccines are safe and effective, how they work, how they were developed quickly and much more.
It’s crucial to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 as fast as possible to prevent the rise of vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants. A slow vaccine rollout may make it easier for variants to take hold and even defeat the vaccine, experts said.
A survey of Californians finds that exposure to violence has pervasive social and emotional impacts on people, especially when firearms are involved.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a peer-reviewed paper on the newly available Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It includes clinical trial data collected from UC Davis Health, the only academic medical center on the West Coast to take part in the study.
Natural mutations of the coronavirus have created two fast-spreading COVID-19 variants. Infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg explains why they are more contagious, how they may affect people, and how we can protect ourselves.
UC Davis Health began vaccinating its first patients for COVID-19 today.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is collaborating with 17 other cancer centers to study the impact COVID-19 is having on cancer prevention, control and survival, thanks to a grant from the National Cancer Institute. The UC Davis work will focus on diverse communities.
UC Davis Health began notifying its patients today about vaccinations for COVID-19.
To prevent a wave of post-pandemic deaths, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center experts say it’s critical that patients keep on schedule with mammograms, annual check-ups and other key screenings or diagnostic tests. And, if any treatment is required, it is important it isn’t postponed.
Study finds that people in California are more worried about violence during COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants are needed for a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to test another experimental COVID-19 vaccine that could help address the global pandemic.
Pfizer’s revealed to many UC Davis Health clinical trial participants if they had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Many recipients said their reactions to the shots were minor and easy to handle.
UC Davis Health has received 4,300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to inoculate its frontline health care workers. The vaccine is similar to Pfizer’s but has a few key differences, including the way it’s stored, and how far apart its two shots are spaced.
Infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg explains the science and the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines as he dispels common myths and misinformation.
UC Davis Health scientists joined a landmark multicenter clinical trial to test the ability of a type of stem cells to treat patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening lung injury.
New COVID-19 infections continue to explode and health officials warn that holiday gatherings can be dangerous and even deadly. But how do you tell people you love to stay away? Psychiatrist Shannon Suo has some answers.
Less than 24 hours after UC Davis Medical Center received the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, dozens of employees who work overnight shifts got their first opportunity to receive the injection.
UC Davis Health is now inoculating frontline health care workers against COVID-19. Those most at risk of virus exposure are receiving the first shots. Vaccination of the general public could begin in the spring.
Diana Estrada-Arauza was the picture of health. She was 33 years old. No preexisting conditions. But when she was seven months pregnant, she became sick with the coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU to get the acute care that she and her unborn baby needed.
With an allotment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to arrive as early as Monday, UC Davis Health is preparing its storage space and its employees for one of the most significant inoculation efforts in recent history.
A second combined test for COVID-19 and flu viruses was rolled out at UC Davis Health. This newest test is high volume, returning hundreds of gold standard results daily. It follows a trailblazing 20-minute test for bedside use introduced in November.
UC Davis Health launches a COVID-19 clinical trial with Novavax to test a new coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine has an important advantage: liquid state storage that allows for distribution using standard vaccine channels, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that must be stored at subzero temperature.
The ICU at UC Davis Health provides care for critically ill patients from a huge region, including those with coronavirus. It can be expanded to adapt to the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.
Some COVID-19 patients like Marina Oshana have symptoms that go on and on – hers continue after nine months. Oshana and an expert from UC Davis Health’s Post-COVID-19 Clinic explain what we do and don’t know about the medical mystery of “long-haulers.”
With COVID-19 surging at record rates, health leaders are frustrated with efforts to convince people not to gather for small events or holiday meals. Two experts explain the consequences of ignoring the warnings.
With COVID-19 raging across California and the U.S., experts warn that holiday gatherings could put the lives of friends and family at risk. That’s especially true for older adults. But keeping some connection is also crucial for their health.
UC Davis experts hold Facebook roundtable to support participation in the Great American Smokeout and give tobacco users tips for quitting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UC Davis Health’s Chief of Infectious Diseases Stuart Cohen breaks down the research to explain the truth of mask effectiveness, during a conversation with UC Davis Health CEO and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences David Lubarsky.
UC Davis Health expands the fight against the coronavirus by encouraging students, staff and faculty to use the California COVID Notify exposure notification system.
The Paul Hom Asian Clinic has been delivering personalized, compassionate and free health care for nearly 50 years in Sacramento.
As if our exhaustion with COVID-19 weren’t enough, now comes cold weather, scary spikes in cases and strong warnings to curtail holiday gatherings. It's COVID fatigue: the winter chapter. A UC Davis Health psychologist offers help with coping.
Lung injury due to e-cigarette use (EVALI) and COVID-19 share many symptoms. Providers need to get the vaping history of teenagers with unexplained breathing problems.
California and the U.S. have been hit by surging cases of COVID-19, making Thanksgiving and the holidays potentially perilous. Infectious disease expert Natascha Tuznik offers advice and cautions for restrained celebrations.
A groundbreaking, rapid combined test for COVID-19 and flu viruses has been rolled out at UC Davis Health, which is among the first in the nation to use this highly accurate “gold-standard” screening that produces results in 20 minutes.
Since COVID-19 appeared, testing to detect active infections of the coronavirus has continued to evolve. UC Davis Health expert Nam Tran, a member of the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force, explains the range of tests and their uses.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, keeping your lungs healthy has never been more important. One of the best steps you can take is to give up tobacco products, which can put people who get COVID-19 at risk for complications.
2020 Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna gave a fascinating talk on CRISPR and its potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
The UC Davis MIND Institute offered patients a drive-through trunk-or-treat experience — a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your primary care provider. UC Davis Health patients can use the MyUCDavisHealth symptom tracker. Telehealth video visits are also available during regular business hours.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify them of your COVID-19 symptoms.