As coronavirus case numbers surge higher than what top officials defined as a "worst-case" scenario back in March, we have to ask, why are we pretending that these are waves when the numbers never significantly lowered? Read more
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 11/19/2020 4:57pm
The University of Arizona, in partnership with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, made Arizona one of the 11 states that are participating in the National Institute of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities. With a $1 million-a-year grant, the Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium is working with over 30 community leaders and organizations to identify and combat COVID-19-related health disparities.
By Amit Syal | 11/19/2020 4:56pm
The U.S. is averaging upwards of 150,000 new coronavirus cases per day this week as major cities around the country, including New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, have implemented new restrictions. Yesterday, the country passed the grim milestone of 250,000 deaths from the coronavirus as winter approaches.
By Amit Syal | 11/18/2020 9:32am
The pandemic, which has resulted in over 55 million infections and 1.3 million deaths worldwide, has started to result in major fatigue, demonstrated by daily case counts across the U.S. touching 200,000. About a week after Pfizer released early coronavirus vaccine data, Moderna — a biotechnology company based in Massachusetts — released its early results. The data shows that the vaccine is more than 94% effective.
By Briana Aguilar | 11/12/2020 11:50am
It should come as no surprise that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has stated that anxiety disorders are affecting approximately 40 million adults in the United States. This translates to having 18.1 percent of the United States population being diagnosed, with only 36.9 percent of that cohort receiving treatment.
By Amit Syal | 11/17/2020 9:56am
As the entire globe anxiously waits for an end to the pandemic that has infected over 51 million people and taken over 1.2 million lives worldwide, Pfizer — the pharmaceutical company centered in New York City — released early data from phase three of its coronavirus vaccine trials. The data shows that the vaccine is more than 90% effective.
By Amit Syal | 11/05/2020 3:29pm
As the country remains eager to find out who will become the next president, concerns of a "deadly phase" of the pandemic loom over public health officials and frontline workers. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the country reported over 107,000 new coronavirus cases, an all-time record since the beginning of the pandemic, according to The New York Times.
By Vivek Aking | 10/27/2020 9:54am
With COVID-19 cases now on the rise across the United States, worries of flu season have also come up, especially with it being right around the corner. Their striking similarities may be hard to point out from each other; however, telltale signs can easily differentiate them.
By Daily Wildcat Opinions Board | 10/22/2020 11:41pm
On Oct. 14, Provost Liesl Folks sent an email officially cancelling Spring Break for the 2021 spring semester. Citing efforts to “limit the spread of COVID-19,” the university replaced the week-long break with a series of five reading days spread out throughout the semester, with one in February, two in March and two in April, with only March 9 and 10 being on consecutive days. This development has sparked the Opinions Board at the Daily Wildcat to put together a statement on not only the Spring Break decision, but also health in the time of online school in general.
By Amit Syal | 10/22/2020 5:56pm
On Thursday, Oct. 22, the antiviral drug, remdesivir, received a full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first official and approved treatment for COVID-19. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under an emergency use authorization which was issued back in May.
By Amit Syal | 10/20/2020 4:15pm
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in virtually every part of the nation, minority groups, namely Native Americans, continue to face disproportionately higher rates of severe infections and deaths due to COVID-19. In Arizona, Native Americans comprise just 5% of the state's population, yet makeup 11% of known deaths due to the coronavirus.
By Amit Syal | 10/13/2020 1:28am
Nearly two weeks ago, President Donald Trump, alongside First Lady Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus. In what became his most-liked tweet ever, Trump announced that he would begin the "quarantine and recovery process immediately."
By Jacob Mennuti | 10/06/2020 1:34am
Arizona football head coach Kevin Sumlin has tested positive for COVID-19 and has immediately entered self-isolation following the school’s most recent administration testing, the team announced on Monday, Oct. 5.
By Briana Aguilar | 10/09/2020 8:19pm
Zoom is known globally as the go-to website for online schooling. Although it has made teaching accessible to millions of students, there is no doubt that the company has had its issues. Three University of Arizona professors have varying levels of frustration when it comes to teaching via Zoom. On a scale from one to 10, 10 being the most frustrated with Zoom, the professors' answers varied from three to 10 to even saying that it depends on the day.
Infection, isolation, confusion and resilience: The impact of COVID-19 on group homes for people with developmental disabilities
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 10/02/2020 9:49am
Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities defines intellectual disability as “a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.”
By Amit Syal | 10/02/2020 9:50am
With over 7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and over 34 million worldwide, experts have been trying to figure out what has led to such an increased transmission of the coronavirus. New research out of the University of Arizona could help to elucidate this question.
By Amit Syal | 09/30/2020 8:28am
Imagine this: It's 2019, and you're leaving the house and remember to bring three things — your phone, wallet and keys. This year, that checklist might be a little incomplete. Without a mask or face covering, you'd be barred from entering a number of different places, including restaurants, hotels and airplanes.
By Aidan Rhodes | 09/27/2020 8:21pm
As Aidan, an aspiring elite athlete, became comfortable with a new routine living in Tucson, the pandemic suddenly pulled the ground out from underneath us all, forcing him to move away from the city and reminisce about what he misses most.
By Gloria Gomez | 09/27/2020 5:01pm
To mitigate declining profits, Pima County partnered with the Downtown Tucson Partnership to offer a reimbursement program aimed at developing outdoor spaces.