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  • READDI, not Reactive

    For decades, scientists warned of the potential for a global coronavirus outbreak. But when SARS-CoV-2 emerged, no therapeutics, drugs, or vaccines were readily available. The Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Discovery Initiative (READDI) — founded by researchers at UNC and the Structural Genomics Consortium — is not only finding solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also drugs and therapeutics for future viral outbreaks.

  • COVID-19 Amplifies Issues in Meat Processing Industry

    Historically, essential workers in the meat and poultry processing industry have faced difficulties and exploitation, and the COVID-19 pandemic is only intensifying these issues, reports UNC College of Arts & Sciences anthropology professor Angela Stuesse.

  • The Beaufort Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Using Wastewater to Detect, Learn More About COVID-19

    North Carolina is one of just eight states that is funneling its wastewater data to the federal government to track coronavirus. Leading the charge for N.C. is UNC marine scientist Rachel Noble, who launched a wastewater surveillance system last year to help public officials detect and understand COVID-19 in their communities.

  • UNC Health Gives First COVID-19 Vaccines

    Medical workers at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill began receiving COVID-19 vaccines Dec. 15, marking a significant turning point in the response to the pandemic.

  • Carolina Tracker with a map of NC COVID-19 cases

    Researchers Launch COVID-19 Data Tracker

    On December 7, a team of UNC researchers launched a website called Carolina Tracker: A Resource for Recovery, which includes a dashboard to track indicators across different domains such as employment and the economy, travel patterns, real estate, and society.

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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.

UNC phlebotomist Myra Salazar inspects a bag of plasma donated by a volunteer at the UNC Blood Donation Center.

In Our Blood

UNC experts from multiple fields are leading projects to understand how plasma and antibodies from people who contracted COVID-19 might be used to prevent and slow the spread of the virus.

The Most Effective Masks

UNC’s Phillip Clapp and the team at the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology are measuring the effectiveness of different masks in filtering air particles.