Human coronaviruses are the second most common cause of the common cold, and symptoms usually are mild to moderate. However, coronaviruses that infect animals sometimes change and become a new human coronavirus (as was the case with severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in 2003). Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Known as COVID-19, the virus has infected thousands of people in China, and some cases are showing up in other countries around the world, including the United States.
The symptoms most commonly reported with the 2019 coronavirus include fever, runny nose, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and body aches; these are the same symptoms of the common flu virus.
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TWO TKC LOCATIONS NOW OFFERING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
The UAB Medicine Injection Clinic opened May 10 in the former Regions Bank space at the corner of the TKC parking deck, at 539 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South. The clinic provides COVID-19 vaccinations at no charge to both employees and the public (age 12 and up) and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3 pm. The Injection Clinic replaced the COVID-19 vaccine operation at Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium, which closed May 14.
A second location within TKC itself also is providing vaccines, but only to existing UAB Medicine patients. Located on the second floor of TKC, this vaccination site is open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:15 pm.
Appointments are recommended and can be made at UABMedicineVaccine.org, though walk-ins also are accepted at both vaccination locations. People who received their first dose outside of the UAB system may come to either clinic for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. These convenient locations provide an excellent opportunity for UAB Medicine providers to encourage unvaccinated patients to get vaccinated.
The Post COVID Treatment Program helps patients who have the coronavirus receive proper follow-up care during their recovery process.
Patients should contact the Post COVID Treatment Program team if they meet all of these criteria:
- Have received a COVID positive test result
- It has been 3-4 weeks since the positive test result was received
- Still experiencing symptoms
To make an appointment, call 205-975-1881.
UAB maintains an active and well-prepared infectious disease program, and our Emergency Management Committee has adopted isolation and treatment procedures, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our infectious disease specialists are equipped with the education, research, training, and experience to address both new and existing diseases.
We recommend general precautions, such as frequent handwashing and sneezing/coughing into your elbow, to prevent the spread of any virus, including seasonal flu, which is still active across Alabama and the United States.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials