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    Vaccination Reduces Household Transmission

    By testing family of COVID-positive patients regularly, UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Public Health faculty explored how the virus is transmitted in homes. They found vaccinations lower the likelihood of others in the home getting infected … Continued

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    How To Cope With Pandemic Uncertainty

    Jonathan Abramowitz, the director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic, discussed how uncertainty affects psychology and how people should address the decisions and changes related to the COVID-19.

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    How Does COVID Spread Through Households?

    Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health tested the spread of COVID in households. They found that the majority of secondary cases occurred within the first week of the initial positive COVID test … Continued

  • Lisa Rahangdale

    Pregnancy and COVID-19

    UNC gynecologist Lisa Rahangdale believes it is safe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding to get the COVID-19 vaccine – in part because three different CDC surveillance systems tracking vaccinated pregnant people have not flagged any negative outcomes.

  • Jeremy Wang

    The Power of Partnership

    With support from the UNC COVID-19 Research Accelerator Fund, geneticist Jeremy Wang and his team are identifying and tracking the variants emerging in North Carolina and sharing their findings with the public

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    Pandemic Decreases Drinking Among First-Year College Students

    For the first four months of the pandemic, first-year college students reported drinking less alcohol and having fewer episodes of binge drinking than they were before the pandemic started, according to a recently published UNC study that surveyed 439 Carolina students about their social lives and stress.

Earlier stories…


Jessica Lin

Addressing Pandemic Problems

From infectious disease studies to social interventions, UNC researchers are engaged in an array of projects, making Carolina the most cited university in the U.S. for coronavirus research.

Suzanne Zaccardo holds an American flag and says the pledge of allegiance to her computer for her online class of first graders

Learning As We Go

While the controversy surrounding when and how schools should reopen has led to policy debates and changes in family dynamics, UNC epidemiologists and education researchers find hope in the lessons from this year.

Rachel Woodul

A Public Health Prognosis

Graduate student Rachel Woodul spent three years researching what might happen to hospital capacity when the next pandemic strikes. When it arrived, she compared what her model — and others’ — got wrong to improve how we react to public health crises in the future.