March 27 Coronavirus Update
To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, we continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to proactively ensure our patients and workforce remain safe and protected. MD Anderson is asking patients about their recent travel history and if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection, including:
- Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C
- Coughing, or
- Shortness of breath
Patients and caregivers with questions or concerns should contact your care team via MyChart message or phone call. Outside of business hours, please call: 1-877-564-1202.
What patients and caregivers need to know before they arrive
We are open for patient care. If you have fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath, contact your care team before your appointment.
MD Anderson is screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms at five entrances on our Texas Medical Center Campus. Employees are being screened at separate designated entrances.
All patients will receive preliminary screening at the following entrances when they arrive at MD Anderson:
- Main Building, The Pavilion valet entrance
- Main Building, The Aquarium valet entrance
- Main Building, Garage 10, Floor 3 skybridge
- Mays Clinic, East Lobby valet entrance
- Faculty Center, Floor 3, near Garage 17 entrance
Public safety officers at building entry points will ask a few questions related to symptoms, contact with someone who has had a suspected case or confirmed case of COVID-19 or recent travel to a high-risk area. This preliminary screening at entry points will help us respond to anyone with potential for COVID-19 infection and restrict those who may be symptomatic.
Updated visitor restrictions
As we evolve our operations to protect our immunocompromised patients and our employees from the risks of COVID-19, there are changes to our visitation guidelines. We no longer allow visitors on any of our campuses.
There will be special circumstances when a single adult visitor will need to accompany a patient.
Limited exceptions for outpatient care include: Pediatric patients, and adult patients with neurocognitive issues and/or who are unable to consent for themselves.
Limited exceptions for inpatient care: Pediatric patients; imminent end-of-life patients based on the clinical team’s assessment; visitors who are already serving in a constant care capacity and who have been at MD Anderson’s inpatient hospital since before the new policy begins; patients with cognitive and physical frailties as submitted by attending physician and nursing.
Visitors authorized to remain must be willing to participate in daily screenings for COVID-19 and to shelter in place and keep a constant presence.
View a map of patient drop-off and pick-up locations, as well as temporary, free “cell phone” garages for caregivers.
Arrangements have been made for the safe discharge of surgery and same-day procedure patients. Read more about these arrangements.
We appreciate your understanding as we take these necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to providing our patients with exceptional care during this challenging time.
Specific questions may be directed to your care team via MyChart. For general questions or information, contact our askMDAnderson health information specialists, 1-877-564-1202.
We know the important role that support systems play in our patients’ lives. Loved ones are an integral part of the care team. That is why we are committed to ensuring additional support during this time.
- We will have additional employees on-site to help our patients travel between appointments.
- We encourage patients to bring smart devices to connect with their loved ones by phone or video conference. Get tips here.
We will continue asking all patients and employees questions related to symptoms and exposure to COVID-19 before they enter our facilities. This allows us to protect our campus from COVID-19 infection.
We have developed clinical guidance to help doctors balance timely care with infection prevention. This may change appointments and care plans for patients in active treatment, in surveillance, in clinical trials and in survivorship. Decisions about whether to travel to MD Anderson for care should be made in consultation with each patient’s MD Anderson care team.
We appreciate your understanding as we take these necessary steps to protect all our patients.
To protect our patients who are uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus disease, we are implementing precautions including:
- Making changes to our workforce. Employees whose presence on campus is not deemed essential will be asked to work remotely, as determined by local managers.
- Limiting work meetings and social gatherings. Campus events intended for large audiences are canceled or postponed. Learn more about how MD Anderson is following social distancing recommendations.
- Canceling all business travel, domestic and international. Travel restrictions are in place through April 29. The institution will monitor closely and re-evaluate whether an extension is needed.
- Canceling all volunteer shifts. All MD Anderson volunteer shifts are canceled until further notice.
In addition, the institution is cancelling Community Relations participation at educational events, like health fairs.
MD Anderson is unable to assist with travel outside U.S. government restrictions related to 2019 novel coronavirus disease. Patients who are unable to travel to MD Anderson for upcoming appointments should contact their care teams to determine next steps for care.
Protection against respiratory illnesses
Our experts say you can protect yourself from respiratory infections by:
- Refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using an antiseptic hand gel.
- Avoiding crowded areas and sick people.
U.S. Government Response to Coronavirus
MD Anderson will continue to closely monitor this pandemic and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
What is the coronavirus?
There are many types of coronaviruses. Common types can cause illnesses such as a cold. That is why it can show up in a patient’s medical record. You can learn more about coronaviruses from the CDC. A new coronavirus found in China, called the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is affecting people around the world.
What is MD Anderson doing to protect its patients and staff?
We actively are monitoring for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. Some of the precautions implemented by MD Anderson include:
- Screening patients and visitors for possible COVID-19 infection.
- We no longer allow visitors until further notice, with limited exceptions. For more details, please review our COVID-19 information page.
- Cancelling all business travel, domestic and international, for faculty and staff for eight weeks.
- Asking employees to register their personal travel and
the travel of their household members with Employee Health, and to
self-quarantine after travel outside of Houston.
- Limiting work gatherings and meetings to no more than 5 people
with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between participants.
- Limiting the number of people in elevators in alignment with
our guidelines for 5 or fewer people in an area.
- Dining locations are limited to take-out food and their seating
- Our Hospitality Centers, the
Beauty/Barber Shop, The Learning Center and the Patient Relaxation
Area have all closed to reduce the potential for people gathering in
- For patients, our skybridge shuttles
are limiting each cart to 4 riders.
Is MD Anderson still open for patient care?
Yes, MD Anderson is open for patient care appointments. Patients and caregivers with questions or concerns should contact your care team via MyChart message or phone call. Outside of business hours, please call: 1-877-564-1202.
Should patients continue to travel to MD Anderson?
Decisions about whether to travel to MD Anderson for your care should be made in consultation with your MD Anderson care team. In addition, you should check in with your local provider, if you have one.
Watch this video featuring Patrick Hwu, M.D., division head for Cancer Medicine, to learn how medical teams assess whether patients should travel to upcoming appointments. He also provides COVID-19 travel safety tips.
Research shows that older adults, cancer survivors, and those with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. You may also wish to review the guidance provided by the CDC regarding special considerations for higher risk populations, including recommendations to avoid sick people, crowds, and non-essential air travel.
What do patients need to know before they come for their appointments?
We’re taking steps help keep our patients safe and lower the risk of the COVID-19.
- If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact your care team before your appointment.
- To reduce the spread of infection, MD Anderson
will no longer allow visitors until further notice, with limited
exceptions. For more details, please review our COVID-19 information page.
Are visitors still allowed to come with patients to their appointments?
We no longer allow visitors until further notice, with limited exceptions. For more details, please review our COVID-19 information page.
How will patients be screened?
Public safety officers at building entry points will ask patients a few questions related to symptoms, contact with someone who has had a suspected case or confirmed case of COVID-19 or recent travel to a high-risk area. Patients will receive directions based on how they answer those questions.
We no longer allow visitors until further notice, with limited
exceptions. For more details, please review our COVID-19 information page.
What do caregivers need to know?
COVID-19 is spread through direct contact with someone who has the virus, by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth, or by inhaling the tiny moisture droplets that are exhaled, sneezed or coughed into the air by someone who has the virus. Read these tips to help protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.
Can I drop off items for delivery to a patient room?
Starting on Saturday, March 28, family members may drop off items such as toiletries, clothing and personal items, as well as food, to be delivered to a patient’s room. Items may be dropped off in the Main Building Aquarium entrance between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
A table staffed by employees will accept and deliver items. Items should be clearly labeled with the patient’s name, cell phone number if available, inpatient unit and patient room number. An employee will deliver the items to the PSC desk at the inpatient unit and nursing unit staff will bring item(s) to the patient. A tracking form has been developed to track items through the process.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C
- Coughing, or
- Shortness of breath
How early should I arrive to have enough time for screening?
Please plan to arrive to your appointment 15 minutes earlier than usual to be able to park and allow time for screening prior to entering the building.
What can I do to protect myself?
Because our patients are especially vulnerable to this and other infectious diseases, we’re asking employees and patients to practice social distancing. That means asking people to stay 3-6 feet away from others.
That said, social distancing is a luxury that health care providers, patients and caregivers may not have. That’s why it’s only one of many ways that we can prevent the spread of infection and keep patients and our workforce safe.
Nine ways to prevent the spread of infection:
- Frequently wash hands. Use soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds. If using hand sanitizer, allow it to dry. Do not wipe excess off. Always wash hands prior to eating or handling medication.
- Cover your cough. Use your elbow or a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t touch your face. Refrain from touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean high-touch surfaces and personal items such as cell phones, purses and backpacks frequently.
- Wash clothes, including outerwear, frequently.
- Limit physical contact with others. This means avoiding handshakes, hugs and other physical greetings. It’s hard, so if you forget and shake hands, go back to start and wash your hands.
- Avoid crowded areas, when possible. Try to stay at least 3 feet away from others in lobbies, cafeterias and screening lines.
- Only go to essential places (e.g., grocery story or pharmacy) at non-peak times. Wipe down carts before use.
- Stay home when sick. This is the ultimate social distancing practice. That’s why we’re screening for potential exposure and symptoms at our reduced entrances.
Are classes, support groups and events still being held?
Given recent efforts to limit visitors on campus, we are canceling all classes and support groups at our locations until further notice.
Are volunteers still on campus?
Volunteers are an important part of the MD Anderson community, and we are committed to their health and safety. Research shows that older adults, cancer survivors, and those with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. For their safety, all MD Anderson volunteer shifts are canceled until further notice. Some employees will be re-deployed to assist our patients until it is possible for volunteers to return.
I have an appointment or surgery coming up. Should I reschedule?
Talk to your MD Anderson care team about your upcoming appointment or procedure. Every situation is different. Decisions about whether to reschedule your care should be made in consultation with your MD Anderson care team.
Do age restrictions apply at the Rotary House?
No, guests of all ages are welcome at the Rotary House. However, we no longer allow visitors in clinical areas until further notice, with limited exceptions. For more details, please review our COVID-19 information page.
Do we get to stand at least six feet apart when I line for screening?
Employees at the building entry points will try to encourage everyone to spread out as much as possible while waiting.
Are cafeterias still open?
Café seating areas are closed to comply with CDC guidelines encouraging people to stay 3-6 feet away from others. Cafés will be limited to take-out food only. Room service will continue as usual.
Which patient areas are closed?
MD Anderson has closed several areas to comply with CDC guidelines encouraging people to keep stay 6 feet away from others. Those areas include café seating, Hospitality Centers, the Patient Relaxation Area, the Beauty/Barber shop, The Learning Centers and Salus.
Grab-n-Go foods are still available at our dining locations.
Patients are welcome to eat in public spaces, such as our lobbies and reception areas, while keeping a safe distance of 6 feet away from others. Follow the federal guidelines and limit all gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
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Can I donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only to help control donor flow and manage the amount of individuals in one room.
It is safe to donate blood during this time. COVID-19 is not a bloodborne disease. It’s a respiratory virus, and there has been no evidence that COVID-19 could be transmitted or contracted through a blood donation or a blood transfusion. Your blood donation will help ensure an adequate blood supply for our patients during this critical time.
Learn more on our Blood Bank website.
Can I donate masks to MD Anderson?
We greatly appreciate the generosity of individuals in the community. At this time, we are not in need of fabric mask donations. Donations of N-95 masks, however, will be accepted if the package is unopened and the masks are unused. Any donations will be inspected for safety and must meet MD Anderson’s infection control standards.
Mask donation offers should be directed to the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-525-5841. Please do not drop off donations at any of our campuses as visitor restrictions are in place for the safety of patients and staff. Alternative ways to receive donations will be arranged.
Some cancer patients take medications that suppress their immune systems as a part of their treatment. That makes them more susceptible to infections, such as the flu or 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Washing your hands properly and often, avoiding touching your face and other simple strategies can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.
But what COVID-19 symptoms should cancer patients and their caregivers be on the lookout for? When do cancer patients need to be screened for COVID-19, and what does that screening process look like? And, in what cases do cancer patients need to be tested for the 2019 novel coronavirus?
We spoke with infectious diseases and infection control specialist Roy Chemaly, M.D., to learn more.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19, and how do they differ from those of a cold or the flu?
Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the most commonly reported symptoms. These symptoms are very similar to those associated with the flu or the common cold.
So, how would I know if I have COVID-19 or something else?
It really all depends on your exposure.
You are only at risk of catching COVID-19 if you’ve traveled recently to an area where documented cases have been reported, or if you’ve been around someone who may have the virus.
How quickly could I develop symptoms after exposure to the virus?
It may take up to 14 days before COVID-19 symptoms appear.
As a cancer patient, when do I need to be tested for COVID-19?
Right now, it all hinges on whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a fever, a cough, a runny nose or are feeling short of breath, contact someone on your MD Anderson care team right away. They will ask screening questions to determine whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19, and provide guidance on what to do next, based on your particular situation.
If you think you’ve been exposed to the virus, it is imperative that you call ahead before coming to MD Anderson. That way, our staff can adequately prepare for your arrival. This will allow us to protect both our staff and our patients from possible exposure.
What happens during a COVID-19 screening? When do I need to be tested for COVID-19?
First, we’ll screen you to determine if testing is needed. When you get to an MD Anderson building entry point, a public safety officer will ask you some questions, such as if you’ve been traveling recently, where and when you went, and how long you stayed there. They will also ask you if you’ve been around anyone else who has traveled to high-risk areas, or come into close contact with someone who is known to have the virus.
Next, they will take your vital signs, including your temperature, to determine if you have a fever. They will also ask if you’ve been coughing, felt short of breath, or shown any other symptoms. Based on that, they’ll determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
What is COVID-19 testing like?
A cotton swab (like a Q-tip, but with a very long stick) will be inserted into your nose to obtain a sample of mucus from the sinus cavity, and another swab will be inserted in your mouth (like a strep test) to take a sample from your throat. Neither swab should hurt, but they might be uncomfortable enough to trigger a cough or a gag reflex.
The mucus samples will be sent off to a lab. Your doctor’s office will call to let you know the results.
If you get screened at MD Anderson, you will also be tested for 21 other pathogens, including rhinoviruses, three types of flu, and other common coronaviruses, such as those which cause colds.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you’re an MD Anderson patient and undergo testing here, you will be contacted by someone from Infection Control at MD Anderson and the City of Houston Health Department with instructions on what to do next.
If you are sick enough, you may be admitted to the hospital.
What should I do if I test negative for COVID-19?
Follow the advice of your doctor or care team. Get plenty of rest and fluids, and contact your care team if you have any questions.
Learn more about precautions MD Anderson is taking to protect our patients and workforce members from the coronavirus.
Editor's note: This article was last updated on March 19, 2020.
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The 2019 novel coronavirus disease – also known as COVID-19 – has introduced many new terms to our vocabulary: from “social distancing” to “community spread.” But what exactly do these words mean?
What’s the difference between an “outbreak,” an “epidemic” and a “pandemic”? What about “self-isolation” and “self-quarantine”? And what does “flattening the curve” mean?
We spoke with our infectious diseases and infection control specialist Roy Chemaly, M.D. Here are the words he wants everyone to know.
Asymptomatic: not showing any signs of illness. The most common COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but you can still be contagious without showing any symptoms.
Community spread: Used when the source of someone’s coronavirus infection is unknown. In the case of COVID-19, this means it was not due to recent travel to a high-risk area, or exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Contagious: Communicable, or able to be passed from one person to another. COVID-19 is thought to be spread primarily through direct contact with an infected individual, by inhaling the microscopic droplets sprayed into the air during a cough or sneeze, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth.
Coronavirus: A type of microscopic organism that causes illness in humans. “Corona” alludes to the tiny spikes found on the surface of the virus, which scientists thought resembled a crown, when seen through a microscope.
COVID-19: A shorthand way of referring to the novel COrona VIrus Disease, an upper respiratory infection that was first identified in 2019. The germ that causes it is formally known as SARS-CoV-2.
Epidemic: A cluster of outbreaks that have spread from one geographical area to others; also see related terms, “pandemic” and “outbreak.”
Flattening the curve: An attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus and prevent a dramatic increase in the number of infected individuals. By practicing social distancing, avoiding unnecessary travel, and taking basic precautions, healthy individuals can help slow the spread of the disease — or “flatten the curve.”
Incubation period: The amount of time it takes for an infected person to start showing symptoms of illness after exposure. In the case of coronavirus, the incubation period is thought to be between two days and two weeks, with the average being five days before symptoms start to appear.
Outbreak: A sudden increase in the number of cases of a particular disease in a relatively small geographical area. COVID-19 is thought to have originated in the Hubei Province in China. Also see related terms, “epidemic” and “pandemic.”
Pandemic: The worldwide spread of a new contagious disease that has infected a large number of people. The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Also see related terms, “epidemic” and outbreak.”
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that could cause workplace illness or injury.
Quarantine: The practice of isolating people who appear healthy, but may have been exposed to a contagious disease, such as COVID-19. Quarantines can be self-imposed or government mandated.
Screening: A basic series of questions posed by medical personnel to determine if someone should be tested for a particular disease or condition. In the case of coronavirus, screening may include taking your temperature, and questions about possible exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Self-isolation: The practice of separating someone who is sick from healthy individuals to prevent the spread of disease. Strategies include confining oneself to a single room/bathroom during the recovery period and not going out in public until the danger of transmission has passed.
Self-quarantine: The practice of isolating yourself from others until it is considered safe to return to public life. In the case of COVID-19, people who suspect they might have been exposed to the virus should self-quarantine for 14 days.
Shelter-in-place: The definition of this term can vary, but in the COVID-19 context, it generally means staying home except to buy essentials such as food, gas or medicine, and minimizing contact with people outside of your immediate household.
Social distancing: The practice of staying at least six feet away from other people, avoiding crowds and gatherings, and limiting or cancelling all unnecessary travel to reduce the spread of disease.
State of emergency: A legal designation that allows civic leaders to request and obtain certain types of financial aid from the government, and take certain actions to protect the public.
Suspected COVID-19: Refers to a patient who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and is currently awaiting test results.
Symptom: Any visible sign of illness that can indicate someone has been infected by a particular pathogen. Typical COVID-19 symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Testing: The practice of using blood, urine, saliva, mucus or some other bodily fluid to determine if someone either has a specific condition or has been exposed to a particular infectious disease. In the case of COVID-19, patients must first undergo screening to determine if they need to be tested.
“It’s really important to learn and understand terms like these, especially when they’re related to a public health threat,” Chemaly says. “After all, if you don’t even know what ‘social distancing’ really means, how can you be expected to do it?”
Learn more about COVID-19 and precautions MD Anderson is taking.
By now, most cancer patients and their caregivers know the basic precautions they can take to minimize the risk of contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They may also have determined whether it’s safe to travel for treatment, and learned what protocols MD Anderson has put in place to protect them once they’re here.
But how does all of this affect patients who’ve had stem cell transplants? Are there any special considerations they should be taking into account while going about their daily lives?
We spoke with our stem cell transplant chair Richard Champlin, M.D., for insight into this unique patient population. Here’s what he had to say.
What are the risks of COVID-19 for stem cell transplant recipients?
These patients are more sensitive to infection than any other group, because the treatment itself destroys their own immune system, and replaces it with a donor’s. This is by design, of course, but it generally takes them a whole year to recover. And during that time, these patients have a severe immune deficiency, so even regular respiratory viruses — such as colds — are a problem.
We’re expecting a surge in cases of COVID-19 in the next few weeks, making it a major risk for our patients. Fortunately, not many stem cell transplant recipients have been infected with COVID-19 yet, but it’s going to happen more as the virus moves through the general population.
What are the most critical times for stem cell transplant recipients to avoid infection?
The first three months after a transplant are the most critical period. That’s why we have very strict rules about our patients staying within a 30-minute drive of MD Anderson. We want to monitor them very closely during those first 100 days, so we can treat them immediately if they start showing any signs of infection.
The immune system can’t respond effectively to threats for the first six months after a transplant, which is why recipients don’t start getting immunizations until then. They’re the same type of shots that babies get, only the adult versions, and they get three sets of them over a 1-year period.
The immune system is slowly recovering day by day, but we’re most concerned about COVID-19 during the first six months.
What can stem cell transplant recipients do to minimize their risk of COVID-19 exposure?
Double down on social distancing. Really take it seriously. Stay at home, and avoid contact with other people, especially large groups.
Before COVID-19, we were more liberal about letting patients get out and about after a transplant. We still advised them to avoid crowds, of course, but they could go to the grocery store or even to an outdoor sporting event, provided it was held in an open-air stadium. Now, we want them to hunker down and avoid contact, even with small groups of people.
Also, don’t travel, especially by airplane, and avoid cruises. If you absolutely must travel, do it by car. Planes themselves are not the issue: it’s the crowds at the airport that are more of a concern, whether in baggage claim or the waiting areas.
We realize that everyone needs some form of companionship. But we urge our stem cell transplant patients to minimize physical contact. We all exchange germs whenever we shake hands. So bump fists or elbows instead.
And finally, wash your hands frequently, and try not to touch your face. The virus can’t permeate the skin, but it can be transmitted through the eyes, nose and mouth. So, don’t rub those.
What extra steps is MD Anderson taking to protect these patients?
We are trying to limit their clinic visits so they spend the least amount of time possible around other patients and people who may have virus.
For the first three months after a transplant, patients typically return to the clinic twice a week for check-ups. So, we’re reviewing our options for telemedicine or remote interactions.
When should stem cell transplant recipients be tested for COVID-19?
We recommend that transplant patients be tested at the first sign of a respiratory infection. So, if you’re showing symptoms, contact your physician and get tested. If you have it, you need to be watched very carefully.
If you’re not showing any symptoms, don’t get tested. Taking a test when you’re asymptomatic won’t help you. We wouldn’t treat you any differently. And even if you’re negative today, you could still catch it tomorrow or next week.
What else should stem cell transplant recipients know?
The next few weeks are going to be a challenging time for all of us, because we expect the number of COVID-19 cases to surge. The virus is expected to be with us for at least the next year, and it poses a serious health threat.
We expect that it’s going to behave much like the flu, in that it mutates over time. It’s likely that the virus will look very different immunologically next year from the one that is circulating now. So, even if you contract the virus today and recover, you might be immune to that strain, but not the one that pops up six months from now, because it looks very different to your immune system.
Flu vaccines and antivirals like Tamiflu have markedly reduced the risks of dying from that disease, if patients are treated properly. And scientists are working very aggressively to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, too, as well as drugs to treat the infection.
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