COVID-19 updates, including vaccine information, for our patients and visitors Learn More


COVID-19 Information and FAQs for Transplant Patients

We know that transplant patients and their families have questions related to care during this time. Our hospitals and clinics have strict infection-prevention protocols and systems in place to protect patients, visitors and health care workers. For everyone's sake, we are taking extra safety precautions in our clinics and hospitals, including more frequent cleaning, entrance screenings and social distancing in our registration and waiting areas.

Have COVID-like Symptoms? Call Before Coming In

If you have an upcoming appointment and have symptoms including fever, new cough, new shortness of breath or recent loss of taste or smell, or if you fear that you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, please call your provider's office or our nurse phone line — 800-926-8273 — to discuss your symptoms before coming to your scheduled appointment.

Video Visits

Our physicians and care teams will also be reviewing our schedules and contacting patients whose visits may be appropriate to convert to MyUCSDChart video visits. We will make every effort to ensure this is a smooth and easy experience for you.

Visitor Restrictions for Appointments

For those coming to appointments — from pre-transplant evaluation to post-surgical maintenance — be aware that we are currently following a strict no-visitor policy with very limited exceptions. We encourage caregivers and family members to participate by phone or video, with the provider's consent, during the patient's appointment. For more information, see our regularly updated visitor restrictions page.


FAQs for Transplant Patients

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Who is at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19?

Are transplant recipients at higher risk for the virus?

What does it mean to be immunocompromised?

I am taking medications that suppress my immune system. Do I need to take special precautions?

Should I continue to take my immunosuppressive medications?

What should I do if I have flu-like/respiratory symptoms?

Should I wear a mask?

I am awaiting a transplant. Could I get COVID-19 from my donor?

See all COVID-19 FAQs and frequently updated information about UC San Diego Health care and services.