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.
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 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."
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.