What transplant recipients need to know about the Coronavirus.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Transplant Recipients

How to best care for yourself and others

There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus, known as COVID-19, that was first detected in China and which has now been identified as a global pandemic with impact worldwide, including in the United States. Current information on COVID-19 is always available from the World Health Organization.

Transplant recipients may have questions and concerns about risks of COVID-19 to them and their families. Here is some information to calm your fears, and let you know when and how to exercise caution:

While the risk of acquiring COVID-19 in hospitals in the United States and Canada is still very low, Henry Ford Health System and our partners are reallocating resources to best deal with and control the spread of this virus. We have reached out to transplant recipients with upcoming appointments to ensure their continued care whether through rescheduling, telemedicine or keeping their scheduled appointment. If you have not heard from us regarding an upcoming appointment, contact your transplant coordinator for instructions. Please enroll in MyChart, if you haven’t already. MyChart allows you to continue some appointments visits through video visits, eliminating the risks associated with visiting a hospital or clinic. Enroll in MyChart online or call 800-HenryFord and say “MyChart.”

More questions? Check out answers from the CDC and the American Society for Transplantation.


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If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email CommunicationAccess@hfhs.org.

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