Now nearly seven months into the global pandemic, the world has seen a wide gamut of strategies to battling the coronavirus. In Sweden, the futile attempt to induce herd immunity led to a sharp increase in the number of deaths nationwide. In the U.S., despite nearly 7.5 documented infections and over 200,000 reported deaths, a new study published in The Lancet on Sept. 25 found that under 10% of Americans have antibodies against the coronavirus. Read more
By Annie Gao | 09/24/2020 10:18pm
Researchers in Germany discovered something odd about the aftereffects of COVID-19, not when the spread of the virus first started stirring global panic, but rather months down the line. The possibility of a heart condition, myocarditis, was found at alarmingly high rates in an MRI imaging study of 100 people who had been recently infected with the coronavirus.
Letter to the Editor: Responses to "Why the COVID-19 antibody test is useless on campus" from scientists who created the antibody test
By Guest Authors: Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD; Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD; Ryan Sprissler, PhD | 09/22/2020 12:51am
As the scientists whose labs developed the [University of Arizona] antibody test for exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, we read with interest the opinion piece by Andrea Moreno last week in the Daily Wildcat (OPINION: Why the COVID-19 Antibody Test is Useless on Campus). We would like to offer our thoughts on exactly how the test is useful on campus.
By Jillian Bartsch | 09/19/2020 2:11pm
The UA Debate Series is launching a podcast version of their debate series this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the first live podcast will be released on Sept. 24, 2020.
By Andres Diaz | 09/14/2020 7:33am
At its core, the medical profession is founded on human connections. Long before the advent of modern medicine, let alone a relative understanding of science and the human body, care revolved around relationships, trust, and human touch.
By Johnnie Mitchell | 09/13/2020 8:23pm
For those searching for a DIY quarantine activity, making your own masks may be the solution. Mask-making is a fun activity that goes a long way toward preventing the need to quarantine, helping the environment and allowing people to do everyday activities safely.
By Andrea Moreno | 09/13/2020 1:41pm
'Test, trace, treat' is UA's motto for overcoming the Coronavirus on campus. One method of doing so, antibody testing, may not be as effective as hoped in helping accomplish this goal.
By Jillian Bartsch | 09/09/2020 2:02am
A University of Arizona coronavirus researcher, Jennifer Uhrlaub, never expected to fall ill to the virus until she tested positive on June 15. Uhrlaub suspects she was exposed to the virus when she visited her local grocery store before going on a road trip with her family to Nebraska.
Arizona soccer suspends activities after seven potential players and staffers test positive for COVID-19
By Jacob Mennuti | 09/03/2020 7:53pm
The University of Arizona women’s soccer team has suspended its activities for two weeks after seven players and staffers may have tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced on Thursday, Sept. 3.
By Amit Syal | 09/03/2020 4:57pm
Classes at the University of Arizona started on Monday, Aug. 24, and after much deliberation during the summer months, the UA decided to bring students back supported by its "Test, Trace, and Treat" plan. After an initial few days of very little cases, the past three days have seen a recent surge in cases.
By Ian Tisdale | 09/02/2020 2:54pm
As students return to university campuses in the promise that it will be safe from COVID-19, outbreaks skyrocket due to parties and gatherings off-campus, which leaves students of the University of Arizona wondering what to expect.
By Amit Syal | 09/01/2020 11:48am
Last week, to the surprise of many around the country, the University of Arizona announced that it was able to use wastewater testing to mitigate a potential future outbreak of COVID-19. When a sample of wastewater came back positive from the Likins Residence Hall, the UA tested all of the dorm's 311 residents and found two asymptomatic students who tested positive and were immediately quarantined.
By Jillian Bartsch | 08/31/2020 11:32am
Recently in three Chinese cities, frozen food packages have tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials said a surface sample of frozen chicken wings from Brazil had tested positive for COVID-19. How likely is an infection though?
By Amit Syal | 09/18/2020 11:01am
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its guidance regarding who to test for COVID-19 — a move that has sparked controversy from those in the scientific community. The agency said that people who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested for COVID-19 when that same cohort of individuals make up nearly half of those who are infected, according to that same agency.
By Amit Syal | 08/27/2020 7:31pm
On July 15, two months after Gov. Doug Ducey ended Arizona's lockdown, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Arizona was at 3,249. This week, on Aug. 24, the seven-day moving average has dropped to 630, and for the past 12 days, the state of Arizona has reported fewer than 1,000 cases. What happened?
By Wendy McBroom | 08/25/2020 1:37pm
While some may assume that COVID-19 is a period of pessimism for entrepreneurs and business owners, many of the University of Arizona’s student entrepreneurs have turned this unlucky situation into a time of opportunity.
By Amit Syal | 08/24/2020 6:48pm
There are a number of different ways to test for COVID-19, some of which are able to diagnose an active infection and others that look for the presence of antibodies in an individual's blood. Let’s break these tests down.
By Amit Syal | 08/24/2020 11:34pm
The U.S. is now over five months into a devastating battle with seemingly no end in sight. As of Aug. 24, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over 180,000 confirmed lives and infected about 6 million individuals. On top of this, a latent issue could be rising to the surface as schools across the country are in the process of reopening: a stark drop in childhood vaccination rates.
By Amit Syal | 08/24/2020 3:02am
On Sunday, Aug. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma therapy to help treat COVID-19. An emergency use authorization from the FDA does not require the same level of evidence as full FDA approval however, it increases the availability of a given therapy and "allows FDA to help strengthen the nation’s public health protections."
By Amit Syal | 08/21/2020 10:01am
Schools across the country are in the midst of deciding whether to stick with online classes or move to in-person instruction. With all that has happened this year, confusion and misinformation have been all too widespread. As of Aug. 20, there have been nearly 6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to The New York Times. Here are 10 different pieces of fact and fiction about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus strain.