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  • Jennifer Mendel Sheldon

    Talking about Tobacco

    The pandemic changed many things about daily life, including how much of the important research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was conducted. Jennifer Mendel Sheldon talks about how the pandemic impacted her research, while also highlighting … Continued

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    Why Some People Have Never Had COVID-19

    In this U.S. News and World Report article, UNC epidemiologist Kimberly Powers discusses some of the reasons Americans may have never gotten COVID-19. Mitigation strategies, vaccines, genetics, and even chance all play a role, proving there’s still more to learn … Continued

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    COVID’s Indirect Causes of Death

    When analyzing deaths that occurred in 2020, the UNC Gillings School of Public Health found the pandemic’s indirect effects — like isolation, economic insecurity and barriers to health care — accounted for 16% of excess deaths. Such estimates suggest the … Continued

  • Lasting Protection from COVID-19

    Vaccination offers long-lasting protection from the worst outcomes of COVID-19, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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    COVID-19 Antiviral Pill Approved

    The FDA has approved antiviral pills you take once you’ve been infected to fight COVID-19. Learn more about the pills and how UNC researchers helped with testing the safety and efficacy of molnupiravir, developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and Merck

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    Low-Cost Test Strip Could Be Game-Changer

    Researchers from UNC and the University of California, San Diego have developed a low-cost test strip that provides a simple and accurate detection of COVID-19 infection within minutes. Its portability and ease of manufacture could make it globally available, especially in rural or low-income areas that typically lack easy access to expensive PCR testing equipment.

Earlier stories…


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.

Cynthia Smudde

In It for the Long Haul

For some COVID-19 patients, the initial infection is just the start of the battle. Post-COVID syndrome occurs when a person’s symptoms continue long after their infection ends. A new clinic at UNC hopes to not only help these patients, but also provide researchers with valuable data about this strange syndrome.