Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system has been strained to its limits as it attempts to accommodate a rapid influx of patients. Many hospitals are at capacity [find link] and facing issues related to understaffing. Meanwhile a record number of pre-medical students submitted applications this year, hoping to one day join the medical field. Read more
By Kristijan Barnjak | 01/27/2021 12:27am
The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met on Monday for the fourth briefing of the spring semester. It discussed COVID-19 data on the state, county and local levels and continuation of vaccine distribution.
By Amit Syal | 01/20/2021 6:19am
As of Jan. 19, there have been over 400,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. Fortunately, states all across the U.S. have been rolling out vaccines to combat the deadly virus and pandemic. Here are five different pieces of fact and fiction about the COVID-19 vaccines.
By Kristijan Barnjak | 01/19/2021 4:30pm
The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met on Monday, Jan. 19, for the third briefing of the spring semester. The force discussed plans to increase testing for on campus residents and provided an update on the beginning of vaccine distribution.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 01/18/2021 11:47pm
The Pima County Health Department has designated the University of Arizona to be one of the points of distribution for vaccination as a part of Phase 1B in the vaccine rollout plan. The UA will administer the Pfizer vaccine at no out-of-pocket expense. They will primarily be serving teachers, educators and childcare workers. This includes teachers, faculty and staff at the K-12 schools in Pima County, Pima Community College and over 15,000 faculty and staff at the UA.
By Amit Syal | 01/18/2021 11:43pm
Just over one year ago, scientists around the world began to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 virus with the aim of finding out more about the novel and enigmatic coronavirus. A few months ago, experts began to notice mutations in the virus' genome that have led to a new round of lockdowns and increased concern around the globe.
Reentry update: Task force discusses university vaccine distribution plans, increasing statewide COVID-19 numbers
By Kristijan Barnjak | 01/13/2021 5:13pm
The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met Monday for the second briefing of the spring semester. The force discussed procedures for the first week of the spring semester and increasingly grim COVID-19 data. University President Dr. Robert C. Robbins reiterated his announcement from last week that the UA will begin the spring semester in Phase 1 of the reentry protocol, which permits only “essential” classes of 50 or less to meet in person.
By Kristijan Barnjak | 01/05/2021 7:37pm
The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met on Wednesday for the first briefing of the new year. The task force discussed new transmission numbers, new mitigation measures and an increase in state and federal funding.
By Diana Ramos | 01/05/2021 1:47pm
Classes are over, which means winter break is here. It is that time of the year where students go back home to spend the winter holidays season with their loved ones, but for many international students in the United States, this is not the case.
By Allison Fagan | 12/27/2020 2:22pm
According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people in the world live with deafness, more than 5% of the world’s population. A consequence of being a minority is often they are misrepresented in the mainstream. What the deaf want to make clear, however, is that they are unashamed of who they are.
By Amit Syal | 12/23/2020 4:25pm
Across the pond, in the United Kingdom, a new variant of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified. As an RNA virus, the novel coronavirus is more susceptible to mutations, given its weaker proofreading capabilities. The variant, called B.1.1.7., has a handful of mutations — 23, in total — in its genetic code.
By Amit Syal | 12/16/2020 9:36am
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic." Since then, the world has documented 75 million infections and 1.7 million deaths, and the U.S. is currently seeing its worst days in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
By Amit Syal | 12/16/2020 10:38pm
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the country’s first prescription-free at-home coronavirus test. According to the press release, the test is instructed to be used by any individual two years of age or older, both with and without symptoms and costs about $30.
By Solana Royston | 12/14/2020 2:00pm
Looking back on this year, it is undeniable that people now are living through historical moments that will be recognized generation after generation. During 2020, major events such as the outbreak of COVID-19 and the months of confusion and quarantine that surrounded it have greatly affected the people and life all across the globe. University of Arizona students look back now, reflecting on the impact 2020 had on their lives.
By Amit Syal | 12/14/2020 1:56pm
On Friday, Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine as the country is currently seeing record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. This action will pave the way for millions across the U.S. to start receiving the vaccine this week.
By Abbie Kosoc | 01/01/2021 5:19pm
When spending more time at home, students may feel the pressures of becoming isolated from the world around them and detached from their usual lifestyles. In order to combat these rising frustrations, students have been looking for new and adaptive ways to keep themselves busy during the extra time they are now presented with. This has led to the inspiration of a variety of new hobbies and interests for some University of Arizona students.
By Kristijan Barnjak | 12/07/2020 7:54pm
The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met Monday morning to discuss details surrounding a new test, the possibility of vaccine distribution and the data on COVID-19 transmission in the university community.
By Udbhav Venkataraman | 12/08/2020 2:30am
Exciting results from a new clinical study showed that a personalized vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug had a promising response rate in patients with advanced incurable head and neck cancer. Dr. Julie Bauman, chief of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, led a phase one clinical trial with the pharmaceutical company, Moderna, to test the combined use of personalized vaccines created from tumor DNA with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab.
By Jillian Bartsch | 12/05/2020 1:03pm
Tucson City Council passed an emergency curfew in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, starting Friday Dec. 4 and will continue until Dec. 23. The curfew is in place during the hours from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. During the curfew hours, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel.
By Payton Toomey | 12/02/2020 8:00pm
As coronavirus cases surge, so does the spread of false information. Being informed and listening to top health officials is the best way to navigate out of the pandemic and keep people alive.