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  • Monkeypox Vaccines Can Reduce Risk of Infection After Exposure

    The Monkeypox virus is still new to North Carolina, but Dr. David Weber says UNC Health Care is developing its own testing kit. Weber is still more concerned about COVID-19, which spreads much easier than Monkeypox, which requires prolonged physical … Continued

  • New Eating Disorder Toolkit for Physicians

    With less social interaction and increased time spent at home, eating disorders have often become more severe during the pandemic. Christine Peat, the director of the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED), led the NCEED in creating an … Continued

  • New Vaccine Could Increase Accessibility

    UNC School of Medicine researcher Cindy Gay led the Phase 3 testing of a new protein-based COVID-19 vaccine. The Novavax vaccine, proved to be 90.4% successful in preventing symptomatic cases, may be able to reach previously unvaccinated populations, such as … Continued

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    Carolina Launches Effort to Improve Wages for Youth

    With the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, unemployment among 16-24 year olds rose significantly in comparison to other age groups. In response, Carolina is partnering with 13 groups in 37 counties in North Carolina to help youth achieve living wage … Continued

  • Refilling the Labor Pool

    A “double whammy” has hit the U.S. labor force, according to UNC Chapel Hill professor Paige Ouimet. The U.S. population is shifting older, and with a virus that affects older populations, Ouimet wonders whether this group will return to the labor … Continued

  • 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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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.

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.