COVID-19: All Coverage
Employing wastewater epidemiology — proven useful in outbreaks of polio and opioid use — UNC microbiologist Rachel Noble is leading a state-wide collaboration tracking novel coronavirus outbreaks across North Carolina, gaining insight that testing individuals does not offer. Preliminary results have shown that by using wastewater, researchers can identify COVID-19 hot spots five to seven days before they are reflected by clinical testing results.
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 epidemiologist Jim Thomas helped develop ethical guidelines during an expected influenza outbreak in the early 2000s that never materialized. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, Thomas knew policymakers would be looking for help again, so quickly created a pandemic ethics dashboard of answers to difficult ethical question.
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.
A study led by three UNC PhD students identified disparities in testing volume for rural populations in North Carolina. Informed by this work, UNC infectious disease researchers are leading a longitudinal study in Chatham County to understand how and why SARS-CoV-2 is spreading through this population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.