Organ Transplantation & COVID-19

Last updated: March 27

Most people who develop COVID-19 have relatively mild illness and recover without needing medical treatment. Some patients, especially those who are older than 60 and/or those who have other medical conditions, are at higher risk of serious illness or death. Patients who have had a transplant are among those at higher risk for more severe infections.

Important symptoms that patients with COVID-19 may have include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other flu-like symptoms

If you develop any of these symptoms, please call the transplant team, and we will provide guidance. This is important, as COVID-19 is contagious, and we want to be sure you are sent to a safe place for care.

If you have been exposed to someone who is found to be infected with COVID-19 or are directed to self-isolate or quarantine yourself, please call the transplant team immediately to make us aware. We will call you daily to check on you.

Please follow these precautions to help protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Avoid people who are ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol hand gel.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth, dispose of any tissues quickly and wash your hands.
  • Ensure you have enough supplies and medication to avoid leaving home: If possible, have at least two weeks of your medicines remaining at all times.
  • Consider alternative ways to get your medicines:
    • Use a mail-order service.
    • Use a drive-thru pharmacy.
    • Have a caregiver pick up your medicines from the pharmacy.
  • Work from home, if possible.

The situation related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Use the following resources to get additional, up-to-date information:

If you have any concerns or questions, please call 312.695.8900.