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Zeynep Tufekci

Reflecting on the Year of COVID-19

In this article from The Atlantic, UNC School of Information an Library Sciences researcher Zeynep Tufekci reflects on ways the pandemic has improved the world by facilitating groundbreaking vaccine innovation, improving our use of digital infrastructure, and encouraging open science.

Three COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

UNC doctors and a professor in the school of medicine discuss some myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to stop the spread of misinformation and help end this pandemic faster.

a gloved hand processes SARS-CoV-2 variants

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Variants

SARS-CoV-2 variants may seem like a scary new chapter in the pandemic, but coronavirus experts expected their arrival. Scientists in the UNC School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health are tracking the variants to learn how they differ and affect the world’s chance of ending this pandemic.

Cynthia Smudde

In It for the Long Haul

For some COVID-19 patients, the initial infection is just the start of the battle. Post-COVID syndrome occurs when a person’s symptoms continue long after their infection ends. A new clinic at UNC hopes to not only help these patients, but also provide researchers with valuable data about this strange syndrome.

a graphic of a $100 with Benjamin Franklin wearing an ice pack on his head and a thermometer in his mouth

Taking the Economy’s Temperature

Millions of people are unemployed, many industries are struggling, and some businesses will never open again. Will we recover? UNC economists and financial analysts remain cautiously optimistic.

Addressing Health Care Workers’ Mental Health

UNC Department of Psychiatry Chair Samantha Meltzer-Brody shares mental health resources to help health workers cope with the challenges COVID-19 has brought in the last year.

Public Health Education and Vaccines

With about 40 percent of the public hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine, UNC Gillings School of Public Health’s Lauren McCormack suggests a national public health education campaign that addresses misinformation, breaks down jargon, and demonstrates empathy could help us avoid prolonging the pandemic.

COVID-19 Impacts on Teen Driving

A new study from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center shows the number of teen related crashes has decreased during the pandemic because they’re spending less time on the road. How will less practice and the state waiving the road test requirement for provisional licenses impact future crash data?

Rachel Woodul

A Public Health Prognosis

Graduate student Rachel Woodul spent three years researching what might happen to hospital capacity when the next pandemic strikes. When it arrived, she compared what her model — and others’ — got wrong to improve how we react to public health crises in the future.

First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Boosts Antibodies

A recent UNC study led by epidemiologist Allison Aiello shows that after their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine people who have tested positive for the virus in the past have had an antibody response similar to individuals who have received both doses.