COVID-19: All Coverage
Researchers from UNC and the University of California, San Diego have developed a low-cost test strip that provides a simple and accurate detection of COVID-19 infection within minutes. Its portability and ease of manufacture could make it globally available, especially in rural or low-income areas that typically lack easy access to expensive PCR testing equipment.
“I think there is a silver lining to [the J&J] vaccine that a lot of people don’t see,” says David Martinez, a UNC Gillings School of Public Health postdoctoral fellow. He researches immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines. Several researchers report early hints that, while J&J offers less protection up front, it may remain effective in the body for much longer.
A group of nine researchers led by UNC-Chapel Hill from the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative (READDI) is the winner of the institute’s Forethought Research Collaboration Challenge, securing them with $5 million to help accelerate the production of antiviral drugs in the future.
The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic was uniquely widespread and rapid, with great potential for human rights impacts around the world. Faculty, students and alumni from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health created a database to monitor potential rights violations.
COVID-19 is impacting people in a variety of ways. Those hard of hearing that use cochlear implants struggle to understand practitioners more when they use masks and face shields. The study suggests doctors use N95 masks and goggles for eye protection.
Andrea Hussong, professor and associate director of clinical psychology in the department of psychology and neuroscience, has been studying the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents’ mental health. Learn more about her work in this special Q&A for University Research Week.
Researchers at UNC, Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania created an mRNA vaccine that proved effective against several different types of coronavirus. Their goal? A universal vaccine.