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. Read more
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.
Campus reentry update: Robbins and Carmona discuss continuing reentry efforts as other universities shut down
The Aug. 19 campus reentry task force press conference focused on current COVID-19 testing rates on campus and specific details regarding the start of the semester Monday.
In a weekly campus reentry briefing on July 16, University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced that UA will officially be returning to campus in four different forms of learning: in-person, flex in-person, live online and iCourse. In line with Robbins’ goal to have 50% of campus in-person, two of these models will be some degree of in-person learning, including fully in-person and flex in-person.
By Jake Toole | 08/18/2020 10:42am
The University of Arizona’s fall semester is now close but there are still many uncertainties about reentry during this pandemic. The Daily Wildcat interviewed David Salafsky, the interim co-executive director of UA Campus Health, about how Campus Health has been and currently is preparing for reentry.
By Amit Syal | 08/18/2020 10:42am
On June 17, the Native American population accounted for roughly 11% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona. Today, on Aug. 17, that percentage has been cut in more than half and currently stands at 5%.
By Amit Syal | 08/18/2020 10:13am
On Aug. 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its considerations for wearing certain types of masks. The agency stated that it does not recommend people wear "masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent."
By Amit Syal | 08/15/2020 3:57pm
Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, the question of how long immunity lasts after being infected with COVID-19 has been at the forefront of discussion. A recent update from the Centers for Disease Control suggests that immunity against the novel coronavirus may last at least 3 months.
By Jillian Bartsch | 08/14/2020 2:50am
A lot of changes are being made at the University of Arizona campus due to COVID-19. One place to expect a few changes is the Student Union. The Arizona Student Unions will be bringing back a portion of their student workers to assist the Student Unions Staff in areas needed. These areas include the Production Kitchen, Catering, Administration, Restaurants, and Marketing. “We’re planning around 60-80% former capacity,” stated Todd Millay, Senior Director for the Arizona Student Unions.
By Sam Burdette | 08/16/2020 6:34pm
As the start of school quickly approaches, University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins and Reentry Task Force Director Richard Carmona met virtually at the weekly campus reentry briefing Thursday to discuss COVID-19 trends and answer questions on dorm move-in and student compliance.
By Jacob Mennuti | 08/11/2020 7:19pm
It seemed as though the light at the end of the tunnel was finally becoming visible. Professional sports had resuscitated its seasons in a time where fans needed it most. The NCAA had started to build a foundation for fall sports, announcing a conference-only structure for its seasons and creating a complex plan to safely bring its student-athletes back to campus. The Pac-12, along with several other conferences, even released exact dates for when these games were going to be played. But, unfortunately, the reality of the situation became impossible to ignore.
By Amit Syal | 08/10/2020 3:29am
With all of the testing blunders that have plagued the country's coronavirus scene, a faster, less-accurate test could be the solution to better controlling the pandemic. Experts are now retracting previous sentiments about the role that rapid tests and a quantity-over-quality strategy could play in bringing back a sense of normalcy.
By Amit Syal | 08/09/2020 11:45am
With schools set to reopen soon, the unknowing presence of asymptomatic carriers and a high risk of transmission from aerosol could prove detrimental to keeping the spread of disease under control. A new study out of South Korea published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that asymptomatic carriers harbored similar quantities of the novel coronavirus, called a viral load, as those who displayed symptoms.
By Sam Burdette | 09/22/2020 1:33am
University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins said at Thursday’s reentry briefing that after receiving input from both UA faculty he has decided to increase the amount of time for each phase for reentry and base each’s length on the health data as it develops.
By Amit Syal | 08/06/2020 10:49am
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Maryland-based company, Novavax, released its data from phase one of its clinical trials for a new vaccine candidate for COVID-19. The company said the vaccine has a "robust immunogenicity profile."
For new students, maneuvering through your first year at the University of Arizona means more than getting from point A to point B. Easing that navigational stress means figuring out what works for you. Whether it's learning to not walk in the bike lanes, being the one on the bike, or cycling through job listings, our staff has you covered with pointers on getting where you need to go, no matter the destination.
In this letter, UA President Robert C. Robbins welcomes new students to the campus community and outlines some reminders to promote public health and safety at the university.
By Jillian Bartsch | 08/03/2020 9:28pm
Isolation and quarantine are the best ways to help protect the public from exposure to COVID-19. If someone feels sick or has any of the COVID-19 symptoms, then they should get tested and quarantine.