As communities continue to be impacted by COVID-19, we are a reliable source for people in search of answers. We are working closely with our infectious disease experts, other health care entities, and federal, state, and local agencies to ensure our information is accurate and up to date. We have taken measurable steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding our patients, visitors, and staff.
Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine?
Visit our vaccine page to stay up to date on the most current available facts.
Corporate COVID-19 TestingUT Physicians is committed to keeping your workforce healthy. Our experience in corporate wellness screenings and onsite health visits help minimize interruptions in your day-to-day operations. Our medical teams and lab partners can work quickly to get you test results, recommend treatment options, and provide consultation services based on your organizational structure.
Telehealth AppointmentsUT Physicians is offering telehealth appointments for any non-emergency and urgent care need. Whether you need routine or follow-up visits, prescription refills or just have some health concerns, we are here to help. It’s safe, secure and connects you to our vast network of primary and specialty care experts. Visit our telehealth page to learn more.
Community COVID-19 Testing SitesTesting is available within your community. These testing sites are provided for informational purposes only. Some testing locations listed provide free or discounted services. However, please verify pricing with the testing facility you choose. These sites are not affiliated or endorsed by UT Physicians or UTHealth. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
UTHealth COVID-19 Center of ExcellenceAs the health care community continues to tackle this pandemic head on, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has created a UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence to help patients, the community, and the world meet the challenges of this disease.
Safety Precautions & Visitor Protocol
We’re focused on your health and safety. Keeping our clinics open and available for appointments is essential for routine or unexpected visits. You may have some concerns, but you can feel confident that we are doing everything we can to protect you, your family and those around you. Learn what actions we are taking to protect employees, patients and visitors.
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Our experts answer the most frequently asked questions.
COVID-19 is an illness that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. There have been millions of cases throughout the world since then.
SARS-CoV-2 is not the same virus as MERS-CoV or SARS-CoV. However, it belongs to the same genus (betacoronavirus) and the symptoms are similar to those of SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV are instances when animal coronaviruses evolved and infected people and then spread between people. SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans in China in 2002 and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have never infected humans. Bats are believed to be a common reservoir of coronaviruses.
UT Physicians & UTHealth in the Media
- September 07, 2021
- Houston Chronicle – Expert: The pandemic’s next stage is endemic COVID. Here’s what that would look like.September 07, 2021
- Houston Public Media – Pediatric hospitalizations continue to rise across Texas as COVID-19 spreads among studentsSeptember 07, 2021
- Houston Chronicle – ‘It wears on you’: Patients forced to wait it out as COVID surge delays important surgeriesSeptember 07, 2021
For MediaAt UT Physicians, a part of UTHealth, we have renowned health care providers who are available to conduct interviews about COVID-19 in English or Spanish. Topics range from prevention and wellness to physical and psychological impact on people and our community. To schedule interviews, call the UTHealth Media Hotline at 713-500-3030.
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