COVID-19: All Coverage
Vitamin D deficiency impedes good immune function and has been shown to contribute to the seasonal increase of viral respiratory infections, possibly including COVID-19, according to a new review article by UNC Nutrition Research Institute researcher Martin Kohlmeier.
UNC virologists Timothy Sheahan and Ralph Baric have been working around the clock to develop new treatments and vaccines to fight the novel coronavirus. In this Q&A, Sheahan discusses current projects, new discoveries, and the challenges that come with studying a virus like SARS-CoV-2.
UNC microbiologist Rachel Noble is leading a state-wide collaboration using wastewater to track 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 researchers have moved into the second phase of development for a COVID-19 treatment that would treat patients with moderate cases the virus. The goal is to keep patients out of the hospital and prevent the development of serious effects of the virus.