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. Read more
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.
Campus reentry update: UA president clarifies phases for attending in-person classes amidst concerns from academic coalition
By Sam Burdette | 09/22/2020 1:35am
Following an email from Provost Liesl Folks, University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins provided more detail on the length and structure of each phase of reopening in-person classes at the weekly campus reentry briefing Thursday, July 30.
By Ian Tisdale | 07/27/2020 11:40pm
On July 23, President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced the official return of in-person class in a press conference for the upcoming fall semester. During the briefing on campus reentry, Robbins, alongside Reentry Task Force Director Dr. Richard Carmona, confirmed that the return to campus plan will be largely dependent on the university’s effort to “Test, Trace, and Treat” the entire campus community.
Extracurriculars are one of the easiest ways to meet people and get involved on campus. Whatever your interests are, the University of Arizona's got something for basically everyone.
By Amit Syal | 07/27/2020 11:35pm
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines regarding self-isolation for people who test positive for COVID-19. According to the new guidelines, "for most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours."
By Amit Syal | 07/28/2020 12:04pm
Many schools around the U.S. are set to reopen soon, and with daily COVID-19 case counts and percent positive rates still high, a more effective public health measure to track cases of the virus is desperately needed. The method, called pooled testing, utilizes a more widespread approach, testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic people.
By Jillian Bartsch | 07/27/2020 6:10am
The University of Arizona held COVID-19 webinars to discuss the challenges of confinement, share resources and to provide guidance about mental health. The first webinar was held on Friday, July 17. This webinar discussed anxiety and depression during COVID-19. The hosts of the webinar were Patricia Harrison-Monroe and Gustavo J. Perez.
By Amit Syal | 07/26/2020 12:48pm
The U.S. is over four months into a battle that has taken nearly 150,000 lives across the country and seems to have no clear end in sight. Schools are deciding whether or not to reopen, a decision that has been up in the air for months on end.