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  • Before the Holidays, Get Tested For COVID-19

    In addition to getting tested for COVID-19 before traveling for the holidays, UNC experts advise people to monitor themselves for symptoms and adhere to the three Ws — wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart from others and washing your hands.

  • Researchers Optimistic About Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

    While questions still remain, UNC researchers have found encouraging results from their trial of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine — which has a 94.5 percent efficacy rate and co-confirms similar results found in a trial of Pfizer’s vaccine. Both potential vaccines still await FDA approval.

  • Spike Mutation May Make COVID-19 More Susceptible to Vaccine

    A common SARS-CoV-2 mutation speeds replication and transmission but may also make the virus more vaccine-susceptible than the original virus, new research shows.

  • How Do Masks Impact People with Hearing Impairments?

    Masks provide necessary protection, but can also filter out certain sounds and block the mouth from view, exacerbating even a mild hearing loss. In this episode of “Focus Carolina,” UNC audiologist Patricia Johnson offers practical advice for communicating effectively and remaining safe.

  • A single lung stem cell copied itself to generate thousands of cells and form a bubble-like structure that resembles breathing tissues of the human lung

    Lab-Grown Mini-Lungs Could Enhance COVID-19 Research

    UNC virologist Ralph Baric recently collaborated with Duke University researchers who developed a lab-grown living lung model that mimics the tiny air sacs of the lungs where SARS-CoV-2 infection takes place to understand how the virus affects lung cells at a molecular scale.

Earlier stories…

The Most Effective Masks

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.

UNC phlebotomist Myra Salazar inspects a bag of plasma donated by a volunteer at the UNC Blood Donation Center.

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.

Jessica Lin

Addressing Pandemic Problems

From infectious disease studies to social interventions, UNC researchers are engaged in an array of projects, making Carolina the most cited university in the U.S. for coronavirus research.