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    Helping the Hardest Hit

    While the novel coronavirus has affected us all, it has drastically changed the lives of specific groups of people, from rural populations to long-term care residents to communities of color. Startling statistics among these groups have pushed UNC researchers from a variety of disciplines into action.

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    How Does COVID-19 Impact Gene Expression?

    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher Kari North is comparing RNA from the blood of individuals before and after being infected by SARS-CoV-2 to study how COVID-19 alters gene expression.

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    Addressing Pandemic Problems

    While COVID-19 has shaken the world, it has also pushed society to be more innovative and creative — two attributes that have been essential to the success of researchers at UNC. Carolina students, faculty, and staff are engaged in an abundance of projects, making UNC the most cited university in the nation for coronavirus research.

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    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.

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    The Impact of Parental Stress During COVID-19

    How might parental stress during COVID-19 relate to hard parenting? This Singapore-based study from the UNC School of Social Work’s Gerard Chung, Paul Lanier, and colleagues offers important insights.

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How to disinfect to kill a virus

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

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Coronavirus Drug Shows Promise at UNC

UNC researchers are doing their part in the fight against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Ralph Baric, an epidemiologist in the Gillings School of Global Public health, heads a lab testing a broad spectrum antiviral drug called remdesivir.

Hospitals Turn to Researchers for Mask Efficacy Answers

Hospitals Turn to Researchers for Mask Efficacy Answers

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.