Category: COVID-19

COVID-19 and Your Respiratory Tract: Important Signs to Know From the ENT Team

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The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine would like to provide information on COVID-19 and how it affects your respiratory tract. The clinicians are here to help you during the quarantine caused by this pandemic. Q: What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a form of the coronavirus, which is a respiratory pathogen. It infects the nose, throat, and lungs with high viral concentrations present in these areas. Q: How is COVID-19 spread? Sneezing or coughing create droplets of mucous that spread the virus. Research suggests that this aerosol may travel over 20 feet. Q: What are

Coronavirus & Your Eyes: What UPMC Eye Center Ophthalmologists Want You to Know

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The Department of Ophthalmology continues to provide services while restricting visitation and postponing non-urgent procedures in order to keep patients and employees safe. We want to provide patients with information about our availability and other concerns relating to your vision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Q: Can Coronavirus affect my eyes? Viruses cause infection of the eye such as pink eye or conjunctivitis. The chances of coronavirus causing pink eye are small. If you have pink eye without other symptoms, it most likely was not caused by the coronavirus. Like other viruses, coronavirus can spread through the eyes by touching a

Pitt Announces a Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

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I am excited to share the news that the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists announced today a potential COVID-19 vaccine, which goes on like a Band-Aid, does not require refrigeration, and lends itself to the massive scale of production required to rapidly tackle a global pandemic. To read the full press release, please click here. We are happy to provide the recording of the press conference. Stay healthy, Lawton Snyder Chief Executive Officer The Eye & Ear Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh An excerpt from the press release: “We had previous experience on SARS-CoV in 2003 and

Telemedicine: The Department of Otolaryngology’s Response to COVID-19


The COVID-19 viral pandemic has arrived in Western Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf has called for preventative measures to limit the spread of this disease, including frequent hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and social distancing.  On Monday, March 23, Governor Wolf and Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, issued a “stay at home” order for the counties most affected to mitigate spread. Our response to this pandemic has been to continue to provide services while avoiding unnecessary exposures by restricting visitation to keep patients and employees safe. Many patients have cancer care underway, and these necessary treatments continue. However, our routine clinical activities

EEF During This Very Troubling Time

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I hope this post finds you healthy. I wanted to advise that currently our office is following the University of Pittsburgh and government COVID-19 guidelines, and the staff is working remotely.  We are available by phone and by email. We intend to connect with our donors during this stressful time and to continue to support our Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. We are continuing our essential mission to improve the lives of patients while transforming Pittsburgh into an international health care destination. While we are all practicing social distancing, the Eye & Ear Foundation will