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Learn About COVID-19

Here you can access ThedaCare’s most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 as well as updates from our clinical collaborator, Mayo Clinic.

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Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

From improving heart health to lowering a person’s diabetes risk, weight loss surgery can offer a variety of known benefits for people with obesity. And now a new study suggests another possible benefit: having weight loss surgery may help better prepare you to fight COVID-19 if you become infected with the virus.      About the Research  This study, published in JAMA Surgery, involved over 20,000 patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or higher. About 25% of those patients had weight loss surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic started (from 2004 to 2017). The other 75% of patients used...

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At-Home Testing

Four Quick Facts About At-Home COVID-19 Testing  As COVID-19 continues to spread across our community, many people are looking for a quick way to know if they have the virus. Taking an at-home antigen COVID-19 test—also known as an over-the-counter test or self-test—can help you determine if you can go to work, attend an event, or take your trip. Here are four things to keep in mind about at-home COVID-19 tests.  At-home antigen COVID-19 tests are different than in-person PCR tests. “A rapid COVID-19 test detects molecules on the surface of the virus, which are called antigens. PCR tests, which...

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COVID-19, Testing Q&A With Dr. Baeseman

COVID-19, Testing Q&A With Dr. Baeseman

On Friday, January 14, we hosted ThedaCare Connection: A Live COVID-19 Q&A Facebook Event. During this special online discussion, Dr. Zachary Baeseman, a physician in Family Medicine and Obstetrics, answered questions about COVID-19 testing and the current state of the virus spread in our community. We’ve pulled together a few highlights based on our conversation.  

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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 News Network

Track case numbers across the nation and access the latest news, information and recommendations from Mayo’s clinical experts.

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COVID-19 Prevention Tips

Together, we can all help reduce the impact of COVID-19

The best way to minimize the risk of exposure is to practice everyday preventative behaviors — and encourage others to do the same. Effective prevention includes:

Practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded places and staying six feet away from others

Practicing good respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into tissues, then throwing them in the trash

Staying home when you are sick

As a voluntary health measure, wear a cloth face covering in public to prevent the spread of the virus or when taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)

Continuing thorough hand washing (and/or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers) and good personal hygiene

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Cleaning frequently touched surfaces

Learn proper hand-washing techniques.

COVID-19 Quick Facts

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a unique coronavirus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019.

Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus, which has proven highly contagious and responsible for causing severe illness, including pneumonia and other respiratory problems, among other symptoms.

  • This disease was formerly referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
  • The COVID-19 virus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate
    among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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