UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Research on COVID-19

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'FLEXIBILITY IS THE KEY': A Q&A WITH DR. STEPHEN PAUL

November 10, 2020

 

With Arizona Football set to play its first game of the season on Saturday, Dr. Stephen Paul, one of the leaders of Arizona Athletics' reentry efforts, discusses the team's resilience and how other Pac-12 athletics programs have approached reopening efforts.  Read more


PHYSICIAN-SCIENTIST LEADS PROGRAM TO TACKLE COVID-19 HEALTH DISPARITIES IN ARIZONA

November 2, 2020

 

Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy is one of 11 principal investigators for the National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities.  Read more


SWISH, GARGLE, REPEAT: UARIZONA RESEARCHER EXPLORES MOUTH RINSE TEST AS ALTERNATIVE TO COVID-19 NASAL SWAB

October 27, 2020

 

A new diagnostic test for coronavirus relies on gargling with saltwater instead of using a nasal swab. Initial results have been encouraging, UArizona virology expert Michael Worobey says.  Read more


STUDY SHOWS SARS-COV-2 ANTIBODIES PROVIDE LASTING IMMUNITY

October 13, 2020

 

UArizona Heath Sciences researchers developed one of the most accurate COVID-19 antibody tests available and now have shown antibodies persist for months after infection, providing long-term immunity. Read more


PAIN RELIEF CAUSED BUY SARS-COV-2 INFECTION MAY HELP EXPLAIN COVID-19 SPREAD

October 2, 2020

 

Researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 can relieve pain, which may explain why nearly half of all people who get COVID-19 experience few or no symptoms, even though they are able to spread the disease. Read more


ARIZONA COVID-19 GENOMICS UNION TRACKS VIRUS STRAINS IN STATE

September 15, 2020

 

Molecular clock analysis showed no widespread community distribution of the highly contagious coronavirus disease in Arizona until mid-February. Read more


HOW CORONAVIRUS TOOK HOLD IN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE

September 10, 2020

 

Early interventions were effective at stamping out coronavirus infections, but subsequent, poorly monitored travel allowed the virus to ignite major outbreaks in Europe and North America, according to a new study. Read more


COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTED LONGSTANDING PROBLEMS IN NURSING HOMES, UARIZONA EXPERT SAYS

September 10, 2020

 

Tara Sklar, a health law and policy expert on caring for older adults, talks about recommendations she made to federal, state and local governments to address COVID-19's spread through American nursing homes. Read more


UNIVERSITY, COUNTY WORK TOGETHER AT 'CRITICAL TIME' FOR COVID-19 MITIGATION

September 9, 2020

 

Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, said the county, university and other partners are working together on a "layered approach" to COVID-19 mitigation. Read more


FDA AUTHORIZES USE OF UARIZONA COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST

September 2, 2020

 

The University of Arizona has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization to use its COVID-19 antibody test, which was developed by a team of UArizona Health Sciences researchers. Read more


UARIZONA PRESIDENT URGES CONTINUED DILIGENCE TO CONTROL COVID-19 SPREAD

August 27, 2020

 

UArizona officials are looking at test results, wastewater analysis in dorms, and campus compliance with public health measures to help determine how the university will operate. Read more


UARIZONA AND COVID WATCH LAUNCH COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION APP

August 19, 2020

 

Students, faculty and staff can now download the Covid Watch exposure notification smartphone app, which allows users who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to anonymously notify others who may have been exposed. Read more


PANDEMIC FUELS RISE IN DRUG-RELATED DEATHS

August 10, 2020

 

The pandemic is exacerbating many risk factors associated with drug use and overdose, including economic distress, social isolation and anxiety, says pharmacologist Todd Vanderah. Read more


REPORT PREDICTS INCREASED HOMELESSNESS IN ARIZONA DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

July 28, 2020

 

Homelessness in Arizona could increase by 16 to 29% in the wake of COVID-19, predicts a new report by researchers in the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women. Read more


UARIZONA AIMS TO PROVIDE RAPID TESTS FOR EXPOSURE TO BIOTHREATS, INCLUDING COVID-19

July 27, 2020

 

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Defense contract for as much as $9.5 million, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and partners aim to develop a portable device to easily and accurately detect biological threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. Read more


UARIZONA, STATE OF ARIZONA EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING IN CONCERT WITH $7.7M STUDY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND IMMUNITY

July 22, 2020

 

In conjunction with the expanded testing eligibility, the university also is launching a $7.7 million yearlong study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify patterns of COVID-19 immunity over time in previously and newly infected individuals. Read more


PEDIATRICS IN A PANDEMIC: Q&A WITH DR. GARY KIRKILAS

July 21, 2020

 

A College of Medicine – Phoenix pediatrician shares his observations about the impact of COVID-19 and encourages parents to use facts for health decisions. Read more


HOW COVID-19 IS IMPACTING POLITICS IN THE US

July 16, 2020

 

UArizona political scientist Samara Klar discusses the relationship between COVID-19 and partisanship, the impact of the virus on the upcoming election and why the country might not be as divided as it seems. Read more


ARIZONA UNIVERSITIES JOIN RESEARCH COMPUTING FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

July 15, 2020

 

Arizona's three public universities are contributing research computing power to a worldwide effort to run protein modeling computations to better understand the disease. Read more


GOT PANDEMIC FATIGUE? COVID-19 IS TAKING A TOLL ON MENTAL HEALTH, PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS

July 13, 2020

 

If you're feeling anxious, depressed or exhausted in the wake of COVID-19, you're not alone, says psychologist David Sbarra. Some experts warn that the next pandemic challenge will be to "flatten the mental health curve". Read more


THE BEST (AND WORST) MATERIALS FOR MASKS

July 6, 2020

 

Masks can help combat the spread of COVID-19, but some styles protect better than others. A study of non-traditional mask materials finds that vacuum cleaner filters are especially effective. Read more


PANDEMIC PROVIDES UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR JOURNALISM STUDENTS

June 24, 2020

 

The pandemic presented a once-in-a-career opportunity for UArizona student journalists who rose to the occasion to cover it, with guidance from faculty and staff. Read more


UARIZONA TESTING APP TO ALERT STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES EXPOSED TO COVID-19

June 18, 2020

 

The Covid Watch smartphone app sends exposure alerts without having to collect any personally identifying information from users, protecting their anonymity. Read more


BLACK LIVES MATTER AND PANDEMIC BRING JUNETEENTH INTO FOCUS

June 17, 2020

 

UArizona historian Tyina Steptoe discusses the history of the holiday that recognizes emancipation, and why more people than ever may celebrate it this year and in the future. Read more


FROM SOCIAL DISTANCING TO DISINFORMATION, COVID-19 SHOWS HOW HISTORY REPEATS

June 10, 2020

 

Three scholars in the UArizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences see several parallels between today's pandemic and ones from centuries past. Read more


BALANCING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, PUBLIC HEALTH DURING A PANDEMIC

June 10, 2020

 

While stay-at-home orders are lifting nationwide, quarantine and isolation orders can still be issued due to emergency declarations that remain in effect, says Leila Barraza, who teaches public health law and ethics at UArizona. Read more


SHOULD YOU BUY OR SELL A HOUSE DURING THE PANDEMIC?

June 8, 2020

 

Gary Pivo, a university expert on real estate development, discusses COVID-19's impact on the housing market and what it could mean for prospective buyers or sellers. Read more


INSOMNIA, LONELINESS AND COVID-19

June 2, 2020

 

UArizona researchers found evidence that during the wide lockdown period in April, there may have been a spike in suicidal thoughts in the United States. They found two possible reasons for the increase: loneliness and anxiety-induced insomnia. Read more


HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS ANALYZE COVID-19 PUBLISHED RESEARCH

June 1, 2020

 

The College of Medicine – Phoenix is helping evaluate the quality of the research being released rapidly about the virus that causes COVID-19. Read more


A DEEPER LEVEL OF KNOWING: FOLKLORISTS TACKLE GLOBAL ISSUES

May 27, 2020

 

Science and folklore can be important partners when it comes to addressing global challenges like climate change and COVID-19. Folklorist Maribel Alvarez says folklore can document the kind of "knowing" that only comes from generations of tradition and observation. Read more


PHARMACISTS ON THE FRONTLINES OF COVID-19

May 21, 2020

 

College of Pharmacy scientists, labs and alumni are partnering with pharmaceutical companies, working in emergency departments and helping the public get the medication they need. Read more


STRIVING FOR AN ACCURATE CENSUS AMID THE PANDEMIC

May 20, 2020

 

Geographer Jason Jurjevich discusses the importance of reaching "hard-to-count" populations in Arizona and how the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges for ensuring a fair and accurate census. Read more


RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE HOW COVID619 IMPACTS THE BRAIN

May 15, 2020

 

COVID-19's impact on the respiratory system is well-documented, but what does it do to the brain? Researchers hope to answer that question by studying people who had the disease. Read more


CONTINUOUSLY ACTIVE SURFACE DISINFECTANTS MAY PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BARRIER AGAINST THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES

May 15, 2020

 

In the battle to slow or prevent the transmission of viruses, such as the novel coronavirus, continuously acting disinfectants could provide a new line of defense, according to a recent University of Arizona study. Read more


TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS WITH ACUTE HEART FAILURE

May 4, 2020

 

A paper published in two medical journals last week offers guidelines for physicians treating coronavirus patients requiring advanced life-saving therapies. Read more


WHY YOU SHOULDN'T TRUST MEMES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

April 29, 2020

 

In time of uncertainty, false information is flourishing. UArizona experts in law, journalism and information discuss how to deal with bad information circulating around COVID-19. Read more


UARIZONA RESEARCHERS PIVOT TO TACKLE COVID-19

April 28, 2020

 

Thirteen research teams will address various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic with financial support from a rapid-turnaround seed grants supplied through the BIO5 Institute and state funding. The grants amount to more than $500,000. Read more 


UARIZONA PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE BEGINS COVID-19 ANTIBODY TEST

April 27, 2020

 

A first phase of testing will begin April 30 in Pima County and will include 3,000 health care workers and first responders. Read more


COVID-19 HAS CHANGED CONSUMER BEHAVIOR. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE?

April 23, 2020

 

Sabrina Helm, associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, talked to UANews about current trends in consumer spending, online shopping and stockpiling and what they might mean for the future of retail. Read more


CORONAVIRUS HAS CREATED CONDITIONS FOR UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 'GLOBAL EXPERIMENT'

April 22, 2020

 

Researchers are racing to collect atmospheric and other data, which they can use to determine the extent of the impact of the coronavirus on environmental health. Read more


UARIZONA LAUNCHES TEXTING SYSTEM TO GATHER & PROVIDE COVID-19 INFO

April 20, 2020

 

To address a critical lack of local data as COVID-19 continues to spread, a team of UArizona researchers is launching a two-way texting system to gather and provide valuable information to track COVID-19 in Arizona and identify areas where more resources may be needed. Read more


PHYSICIAN-RESEARCHER ANALYZES DATA TO INFORM COVID-19 PUBLIC POLICY

April 16, 2020

 

Dr. Joe Gerald, an associate professor of public health, helped inform Arizona policymakers during the early stages of the pandemic with weekly reports that identified how COVID-19 was affecting Arizona what the future might bring. Read more


UARIZONA PARTNERS WITH STATE TO PROVIDE COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTS

April 14, 2020

 

The University of Arizona will provide antibody testing for the state of Arizona. The state investment will allow UArizona to test 250,000 of Arizona’s front-line workforce. Read more


ARIZONA COVID-19 GENOMICS UNION TO TRACK CORONAVIRUS

April 8, 2020

 

The newly formed Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union, or ACGU, which includes UArizona virus expert Michael Worobey, will use genomic sequencing to track the new coronavirus. Read more


UARIZONA MAKERS RACE TO PROVIDE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

April 8, 2020

 

UArizona makers are designing and manufacturing solutions to help meet local demand for personal protective equipment such as face shields, intubation hoods and respirators. Read more


UARIZONA HEALTH SCIENCES SHIPS COVID-19 COLLECTION KITS TO NAVAJO NATION

April 3, 2020

 

The University of Arizona Health Sciences shipped 250 COVID-19 sample collection kits to the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, to help in the international effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


UARIZONA TRACKING CORONAVIRUS THROUGH WASTEWATER ACROSS US

April 2, 2020

 

UArizona researchers are testing wastewater across the country to trace coronavirus prevalence in communities and help public health officials better prepare for the future. Read more


UARIZONA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AND 4-H JOIN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

April 1, 2020

 

The Blue Ridge University of Arizona 4-H Fab Lab is joining the fight against COVID-19 by making personal protection equipment and prototypes of new designs for ventilator parts. Read more


UARIZONA INVENTION MAY HELP COVID-19 PATIENTS BREATHE EASIER

April 1, 2020

 

Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson have invented a new respiratory-assist device that provides fast, safe relief to those who experience difficulty breathing. Read more


INFECTION EXPERT: CHANGES TO HOSPITAL POLICIES, BEHAVIOR CRITICAL FOR FIGHTING COVID-19

March 31, 2020

 

Infection control expert Kelly Reynolds discusses, among other things, hospital infection control and ventilation measures and how they are being adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE DOCTORS OFFER APPROACHES TO COMBAT COVID-19

March 30, 2020

 

Doctors in the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine are offering lifestyle recommendations to help the public take an integrative approach to preventing COVID-19. Read more


UARIZONA TEAM TO 3D PRINT MEDICAL MASKS

March 27, 2020

 

In response to a shortage of personal protective equipment, UArizona researchers are working to design, 3D print and test masks for health care facilities. Read more


UARIZONA TO INITIATE INVESTIGATIONS OF POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES

March 27, 2020

 

The SAFER team, led by Kristen Pogreba-Brown in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will initiate contact tracing by following up with close contacts of positive-test COVID-19 cases to mitigate its spread. Read more


UARIZONA RESEARCH LABS PRODUCE HAND SANITIZER FOR AREA HEALTH CARE WORKERS

March 26, 2020

 

Researchers in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences are following WHO guidelines to produce hand sanitizer in the lab. Read more


IS COVID-19 MAKING YOU STAY AT HOME? TURN YOUR HOME INTO A HEALING SPACE

March 24, 2020

 

As millions of Americans continue to stay at home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, UArizona researchers say thoughtful design can help reduce stress and create calm. Read more


AMID SHORTAGE OF COVID-19 COLLECTION KITS, UARIZONA SCIENTISTS RACE TO MAKE MORE

March 23, 2020

 

University researchers are working to give public health authorities the ability to test widely for COVID-19 by producing more specimen collection kits. Read more


AS PANDEMIC UNFOLDS? FEAR AND FINANCE COLLIDE

March 20, 2020

 

Scott Cederburg, associate professor of finance at the University of Arizona, discusses the state of the economy – and what's to come – as industries, investors and consumers across the globe respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 


COVID-19 IS CHANGING THE WAY WE LIVE AND WORK. HOW DO WE COPE?

March 17, 2020

 

UArizona psychologist David Sbarra shares tips for how to take care of your mental health and support children and loved ones in an uncertain time.

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