Responding to COVID-19

Advancing Research, Improving Care

As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern is committed to providing you with the latest pandemic-related research that is advancing patient care and improving outcomes. We are proud to be contributing to many studies to safeguard our community from COVID-19. If you are interested in vaccination, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccination site, which features tip sheets, educational resources, and answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines, both for adults and children ages 12-15.

COVID-19 forecasting for DFW

UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 current state analysis and forecasting model illustrates how COVID-19 is spreading across DFW based on real patient data we have received from Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Masks Optional in Some Areas

Beginning Oct. 24, 2022, based on the low level of COVID-19 transmission in our community, masks are no longer required within most UT Southwestern clinical settings if you are symptom-free, but they remain a welcome precaution. In areas where we care for immunocompromised patients, such as our cancer and transplant centers, and the Emergency Department, we will continue to require well-fitted masks to be worn. Thank you for helping protect our patients, visitors, and staff.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is spread primarily through transmission of respiratory droplets from sneezing, breathing, talking, and coughing. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others, usually within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more. People who are infected but not showing symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

To a lesser extent, COVID-19 can be spread from touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one’s face.

To reduce the spread, it is important to:

  • Wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days after infection, and include:

  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat

According to the CDC, if you develop any of the following symptoms – trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face – seek medical attention immediately.