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Vitamin D May Not Help COVID-19

Vitamin D, an important nutrient in immune function, has been offered as a way to prevent or treat COVID-19. But Martin Kohlmeier of the Gilings School of Public Health points to limitations of new genetic studies, explaining that extra vitamin D may not actually help.

COVID Prison Project

Some states are seeing higher vaccination rates inside prisons than outside. In this New York Times article, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein of UNC School of Medicine shares that education is key to such success, especially in the context of prisons and cases where distrust of health care staff is high.

Handling Pandemic Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to end all at once, and our emotions and mental health can’t immediately revert to how we felt in 2019. Two UNC mental health experts weigh in on three common challenges we’re all facing and offer ways to help cope with them.

The Tale of mRNA

UNC played an integral role in conducting clinical trials for the Moderna and Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the years of mRNA research that made the development of these vaccines and trials more efficient.

Biostats and COVID-19 Impact

After studying biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Dr. Bonnie Shook-Sa joined the faculty. She researches statistical methods, health inequities & infectious diseases. When the pandemic arrived, she offered a more accurate picture of COVID-19 impact.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in a Pandemic

The UNC GIllings School of Global Public Health unpacks how balancing the need for personal health and safety with environmental impact can be difficult during a pandemic and the small steps individuals can take to reduce their ecological footprints while still prioritizing their health.

Tracking a Virus Villain

Federal COVID-19 funding allocated by the N.C. General Assembly is supporting vital research by Carolina scientists, who are keeping tabs on the deadly coronavirus using wastewater and nasal test swabs.

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Robots, Remote Work, and Regional Inequality

Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise research found that increasing automation and the swift move to remote work due to COVID-19 are contributing to growing economic inequalities in the U.S. and Europe.

Gearing Up: Manufacturing During COVID-19

Researchers from the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies assessed how our federally-funded manufacturing extension system is delivering support to manufacturers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic using institutional supports and re-purposing of existing resources.

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Remote Learning and Mental Health

We don’t yet understand the effects of remote learning on student mental health, but Marisa Marraccini says schools play an important role and must be vigilant in identifying student suicide risk.