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Who Wouldn’t Want the Vaccine?

Vaccine hesitancy is a combination of motivations, insecurities, and fears — both reasonable & conspiracy. UNC School of Medicine researcher Giselle Corbie-Smith shares how our health care system impacts people of color’s perspective on the vaccine in this Atlantic article.

Photo: Male student studies at home during quarantine. Close up of a table with laptop, notebooks and medical mask.

Pandemic Worsens Depression, Anxiety Among First-Year College Students

After surveying 419 first-year college students about their mental health before and after the pandemic began, UNC researchers discovered that the prevalence of moderate to severe anxiety among this group increased by 40 percent, and moderate to severe depression increased by 48 percent.

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Different Regulations, Similar COVID-19 Rates

Despite different regulations around mask mandates and social distancing, California and Florida have similar COVID-19 Infection rates, but determining why that is isn’t simple. UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor Whitney Robinson discusses with Healthline.

Meeting COVID-19 Vaccine Demand

A new set of dashboards from North Carolina Institute for Public Health, housed in Gillings School of Global Public Health, will give local health officials estimates on demand for the vaccine in each phase to help improve local planning for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

Coping with “Coronaphobia”

In this Washington Post article, UNC psychology professor Jonathan Abramowitz suggests coping methods to help individuals experiencing anxiety that causes them to constantly check for COVID-19-related symptoms.

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Can You Rinse Away COVID-19?

Researchers from the UNC Adams School of Dentistry are investigating how well mouthwash works to reduce the amount of coronavirus in the mouths of those with COVID-19 and if it can lessen the chance of spreading the virus to others.

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Are Two Masks Better Than One?

After the CDC’s recent recommendation that individuals wear two masks to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, UNC researchers set out to determine what combination of masks proved most efficient at protecting the wearer from particles in the air.

UNC Alumna Makes 2021 Times100 Next

Kizzmekia Corbett, a viral immunologist at the Vaccine Research Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and UNC alumna, has been recognized in the 2021 Times100 Next list of emerging leaders shaping our future for her work on coronavirus biology and vaccine development.

Getting N.C. Behind Masks

A recent Carolina Population Center study found that concise and positive messages were more likely to encourage North Carolinians to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Misogyny Surrounding School Reopening Debates

In a recent twitter thread, UNC epidemiologist Whitney Robinson addressed the dismissal of women’s pain and underlying misogyny in the school reopening debates.