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  • Cassandra Davis

    Calculating COVID-19’s Educational Costs

    Cassandra R. Davis studies the impact of natural disasters on schools and communities, particularly at the K-12 level. Now the public policy professor is turning her attention to the impact of a global pandemic on first-generation college students.

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    UNC Addresses COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

    UNC researchers are working on three areas related to COVID-19 prevention and treatment: a vaccine, an antiviral drug, and monoclonal antibodies, which use cells from recovered patients to help others.

  • Greg Forest, Sam Lai, and Ronit Freeman

    Using Math & Simulations to Address COVID-19

    Thanks to an NSF RAPID Grant, an interdisciplinary team of researchers will use mathematical models and simulations to uncover the real-time mobility of SARS-CoV-2 virus-like-particles in fresh, undiluted human airway mucus to learn how to reduce infection in the lungs.

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    Doctors & Students Collaborate on Treatment Study

    In the first COVID-19 case series of the drug tocilizumab in the United States, Carolina researchers and students report that the drug should be used judiciously until randomized clinical trials determine its true efficacy for severely ill patients.

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    Gig Workers Face More Risks than Most During Pandemic

    UNC sociologist Alexandrea Ravenelle is interviewing 200 precarious workers — gig platform workers, creative freelancers, and essential low-wage workers in drugstores and grocery stores — to uncover how the pandemic is impacting their lives now and, ultimately, in the long term.

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Household Deemed Most Common Place for COVID-19 Transmission

UNC infectious disease researcher Jessica Lin is leading a study to address the infection rates of household members living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

How to disinfect to kill a virus

Cleaning is removing visible dirt, while disinfecting uses specific products to kill invisible viruses on surfaces.