COVID-19


COVID-19 makes it even more vital to get your flu shot

September 15, 2020

The flu vaccine can reduce symptoms that might be confused with those of COVID-19. In addition, the vaccine can decrease the severity of the illness, reduce hospitalizations and save lives.



Recovered from COVID-19? Help current patients by donating convalescent plasma

September 11, 2020

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, per U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, to be used as a treatment for patients who are currently sick with the virus.


San Antonio Express-News: Editorial: Make flu shot a priority

September 9, 2020

It is possible to get COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, and there is also the possibility a patient could develop pneumonia from either of the illnesses, Dr. Barbara Taylor, an associate professor of infectious diseases and an assistant dean at UT Health San Antonio is quoted as saying in this editorial. Read […]


San Antonio Express-News: During coronavirus surge in San Antonio, hospitals ran far short of virus-fighting drug, doctor says

September 9, 2020

Remdesivir has been found to shorten the time it takes a COVID-19 patient to recover from 15 to 11 days and halt the progression of the disease, keeping more patients out of the intensive care unit and off of ventilators to breathe, said Dr. Tom Patterson, chief of infectious diseases in the Joe R. and […]


San Antonio Express-News: ‘What if we pull the plug too early?’

September 9, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, end-of-life decisions are especially fraught. Even under the best of circumstances, discussions about seriously sick patients can force physicians and families into an uncomfortable spot, said Dr. Jason Morrow, a University Hospital palliative care physician and UT Health San Antonio associate professor who helps lead the medical school’s ethics curriculum. Read […]


Texas Public Radio: Petrie Dish: FLUVID: Flattening the flu curve during a coronavirus pandemic

September 9, 2020

Ralph Riviello, MD, MS, FACEP, chair of emergency medicine at UT Health San Antonio and University Hospital, discusses how both organizations are preparing for flu season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast