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  • STEM Learning and Education During COVID-19

    UNC School of Education researchers have won more than $3.5 million in NSF awards to pursue projects on STEM learning and learning in the COVID-19 pandemic. They hope their findings will inform instructional practices and policies, including ones that can better extend educational opportunity to underserved students

  • Searching for a Universal COVID Vaccine

    David Martinez, a postdoctoral fellow at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, began designing a vaccine against SARS-like viruses in April 2020 as the pandemic took hold in the U.S. “I thought, we need to start thinking about preventing SARS 3,” he says.

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    Vaccinations Help Avoid Reinfection

    UNC School of Medicine professor David Wohl analyzed reinfection data and discovered people who were vaccinated were much less likely to get COVID-19 a second time. Of the 10,000 people who were re-infected, 1% of people who contracted the virus, only 200 were vaccinated.

  • Pills

    UNC Connection to Antiviral Pill

    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor Myron Cohen told WRAL UNC helped develop Merck’s antiviral pill before the most recent trial. Cohen said the goals of COVID-19 treatments are preventing virus progression, stopping transmission, and preventing long COVID.

  • Tim Sheahan

    A Pill to Treat COVID-19

    While it isn’t a vaccine replacement, ongoing clinical trials of molnupiravir show that when given early after COVID-19 diagnosis, the new antiviral pill rapidly reduced the levels of infectious virus and could prevent symptoms from developing. UNC virologist Timothy Sheahan spoke with CNN about the new pill and his role in its development.

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    How COVID-19 Spreads in Households

    UNC School of Medicine assistant professor Jessica Lin oversaw a recent study that found that once one member of a household tests positive for COVID-19, the other members have a 32% chance of also contracting the disease.

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.

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.

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.