Coronavirus Information and Resources

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Anyone age 70 or older interested in getting the vaccine should pre-register at https://redcap.link/LSU-PUBLIC-VACCINE-SURVEY or at www.lsuhs.edu. Preregistration is required and essential to minimizing wait time. Everyone seeking to get the vaccine should:

·         Bring their ID and insurance information even though they are preregistered

·         Wear a mask

·         Wear clothing with easy access to upper arm where vaccine will be administered

Individuals will remain in car to receive vaccine allowing for safest interaction between those receiving and giving vaccine.

If you preregistered and you are under the age of 70, please note you are NOT eligible to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. Please do not come to the Fairgrounds until your age has been announced as being eligible to receive the vaccine per CDC and LDH guidelines.

Where: Fairground Field located at 3701 Hudson. Go to the parking area of the Fairground that runs alongside I-20.

When: Tuesday-Friday the week of January 12-15 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please plan to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m.

Positive test without symptoms or mild symptoms 10 days.

Positive test with symptoms requiring admission 20 days.

We are not currently requiring students to make up missed clinical days.  They work with their clerkship directors on virtual activities.

This depends on your history. 

If you had COVID-19 more than 90 days prior to vaccination, you should get the vaccine as it will boost the level of antibodies in most cases. If you had disease more recently, wait for at least 90 days after.

If you tested positive for antibodies but had no diagnosis of COVID-19, you should get the vaccine as soon as you are able to get it.

All patients getting current vaccine need to be monitored for a short time after vaccination. Vaccination details for these situations can be found at 
http://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine/

Yes. There is no known issue with G^PD deficiency and the current vaccines

Though we have stopped doing widespread antibody testing due to lack of interest, if you need one, you can request it by emailing lmiele@lsuhsc.edu or jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu.

The length of self-isolation depends on how severe the disease is and what the immune status is. 

Someone who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to self-isolate for 10 days if asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

If that person is admitted to the hospital or has underlying immune compromise, the individual should self-isolate for 20 days. 

Your chance of getting the virus from that individual goes up the longer that you are around that person and the closer you are to that person. The CDC  categorizes individuals who have been within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes in 24 hour period as being high risk. Poorly ventilated areas also increase the risk.

Therefore, to minimize your risk, both individuals should wear masks and maximize their distance. In addition, you should minimizing time with any potentially infected individual and maximize the ventilation. Outdoors is always better.

Just remember, “don’t share your air!”

Led by LSU Health’s Dr. Scott Schultz, Children’s Hospital has a post-COVID out-patient rehabilitation unit for children.

Our Lady of the Lake has a COVID Recovery Resources Program for patients with lingering conditions after recovering from COVID-19.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

According to Pfizer, the efficacy of their vaccine after the first dose is about 52%, and after the second dose, about 95 percent. Two doses of vaccine provide maximum protection.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, it's still unclear exactly how often we will need to get a booster. It might not be every year, but he would be surprised if it gave lifelong immunity.

The goal for the vaccines is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

On the arm where you got the shot, pain and swelling are possible. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness or headache.

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours or if your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

Though we have stopped doing widespread antibody testing due to lack of interest, if you need one, you can request it by emailing lmiele@lsuhsc.edu or jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu.

Information about testing for LSUHSC faculty, staff and students is available at the How Do I Get Tested page on the Coronavirus website.

Information about testing for the general public is available at NOLA Ready here.

It would depend upon where in Mexico and what you are doing.

Serology doesn’t really help.

The question is whether or not they are going to live together and either have a potential for exposure to a Covid positive individual. They could both get tested in one of our drive-through testing sites if they are interested.

Some patients are being seen now using some modified protocols. We plan to resume screening for new patients in the coming weeks.

The answer to this question involves three separate parts.

First, from the standpoint of self isolation, CDC recommends that one should do this for 14 days after last exposure.

Second, the likelihood of exposure living with a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 depends on how the living situation is set up. If the infected individual is observing strict isolation with minimal contact with other members of the house, that would be the lowest risk. Wearing masks and hand hygiene further reduce the risk. 

Third, the degree to which COVID-19 patients are infectious depends on the patient’s phase of infection. The detection of the virus in infected individuals begins several days after the patient gets the virus. It peaks several days after onset of symptoms and can persist for weeks afterwards. Culturable virus has been demonstrated up to 10 days after symptom onset in older populations. According to CDC, once the COVID-19 patient has tested negative twice, the individual no longer has to isolate.

Therefore, assuming substantial contact with the COVID-19 infected patient, the exposed individual should self isolate for 14 days from the time of last contact or the time that the index patient was demonstrated to be negative.